Shabnam Diwan

Specialist Teacher

B.A.(Psych); M.Sc. (Child Dev); P.G.D.E (Special Needs); A(AOGPE)

Shabnam specializes in working with students with specific language difficulties like dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia using a structured literacy and numeracy approach.

Shabnam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Relations from University of Bombay, India. After completion of her degrees, Shabnam worked in a Pre-primary
school in Mumbai as an Early Childhood Educator and also assisted theschool counsellor in administering standardized assessments and personality inventories. She also assisted the counsellor in conducting play

In 1989, Shabnam had a career change when she landed an opportunity to work in Hong Kong as Flight Attendant for Cathay Pacific Airways. This role enhanced her team working spirit, interpersonal communication skills, besides organizational and time-management skills.

In 2000, Shabnam decided to once again become an educator. She found herself working for an IB international school in Hong Kong as a co-teacher in Learning Enhancement Team supporting students with various special needs in the Middle Year Program. Shabnam then pursued PGDE in Special Needs from University of Hong Kong and became a Registered teacher with EDB of Hong Kong. Shabnam then went on to work with other IB international schools in Hong Kong in the Primary Year Program.

In 2016, Shabnam completed an Orton-Gillingham course from the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute in Amenia, NY. She formally completed her practicum in 2019 and became a member of the Academy
of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators at the Associate Level.

In 2018, Shabnam became a Committee Member with Dyslexia Association Hong Kong with specific role to organizing the Orton-Gillingham course in Hong Kong.

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