2015 was the year that everything changed for me.
When I look back now, I see that year in a completely different light. At the time, all I could see was that everything seemed to be falling apart. Now I can see how wonderful it was that it did, so that I could rebuild my life into something more in line with my own values.
Have you ever looked around you and wondered why everything is just so HARD when you feel like you are doing all the “right” things?
That’s exactly where I was back then. I was working crazy hours in a school. I brought home marking and planning which went on well into the night and through most of the weekend. Yet I felt unfulfilled. The “cookie cutter” approach where every child (and teacher!) had to jump through the same hoops just wasn’t working for me. I (very naively) thought that I could change it and in trying to do so became completely burnt out and disillusioned.
I really understand what it’s like to feel frustrated by the system both from the point of view of a teacher and as a parent. I looked at my own children (as I’m sure you have looked at yours) and wondered why they seemed to be anxious and unhappy and were completely losing sight of their own unique talents and strengths.
So what do you do when doing the “right” things actually seem to be the “wrong” things for you?
For the first time, I dared to think about what I really wanted. That was the light-bulb moment – I stopped doing what I felt I should do and started doing what felt right to me. Funnily enough, that’s when everything started to fall into place.
I changed my name. Yes, really. Formerly known as Dawn Noon, I changed my forename after 9 long years of tiresome jokes about my name (I am sure you can imagine!) I am now known as Charlotte Noon, which enables me to happily introduce myself to people for the first time without cringing, whilst still keeping my husband’s name.
I left the classroom and set up an English tuition business called Mrs Noon’s Full English: a comprehensive, friendly and professional English tuition service, which focuses on teaching students as individuals. I will help your child to maximise their own unique strengths and individually tailor the tuition to help them meet their own individual goals. There are no cookie cutters here.
My husband and I also took our own children out of the classroom and home-educated them for the remainder of their primary education (4 and a half years in total!) A venture which started as a temporary experiment evolved into some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of our lives. I taught my own children in the daytime and I taught my students in the evenings and at weekends. Yes, life was busy. But it worked for us.
Through teaching so many teenagers (and my own children) one to one, I began to see education from a totally different perspective – I saw that the reason some of my students were not fulfilling their potential had very little to do with English and often far more to do with low self-esteem, limiting beliefs and other issues in their lives which were causing them anxiety.
I knew that helping young people to overcome these barriers needed to become my priority.
Then NLP came on my radar. I had never heard of it before and was intrigued. I can honestly say that studying NLP was the best decision I ever made. It has been life-changing for me. It has enabled me to look back over my own life and remove many of the limiting beliefs which were holding me back. Issues of low self-esteem and anxiety, which I suffered with for years, are now a thing of the past.
I only wish I had learned these skills earlier in life which is why it is now my mission to use these tools to help the young people in your care to flourish.
A few more things you might not know about me...
I absolutely cannot function without tea.
I love books. When I was 13, I bought 40 “Sweet Valley High” books from a car boot sale and refused to leave my room until I’d finished them. Nothing much has changed.
I recently discovered that I have an ADHD-type profile. It has answered a lot of questions about my life. Consequently, I am now passionate about raising awareness about how ADHD manifests in women and girls.
My favourite place in the whole world is the French Alps. It is on my bucket list to live there one day and is where I hope to write my first book.
I love an adventure. My favourite type of holiday usually involves trains, mountains and tents.
I’m not a fan of small talk. I enjoy forming deep and lasting connections with like-minded people.