About this Speaker
Lena has been teaching and working in education since 1992. She trained in England and taught Drama and Modern Languages in Cambridgeshire, London and Cumbria before moving to Scotland. Early in her career, she also trained in Dramatherapy and Counselling Skills and this training gave her very useful insights into the emotional needs of children and young people, as well as nurturing practices. She has held a range of middle and senior leadership roles.
She is currently seconded from her Head of Teaching and Learning post to lead on support for care experienced children.
She writes and speaks extensively on a range of issues related to values, inclusion and equity and is an advocate for challenging stigma around mental health. She does so from the perspective of a professional human and draws on her own lived experience to help others.
You can read her blog here: https://lenabellina.wordpress.com/