My name is Sylvia Cole and I have worked in Education for the past forty years, initially as a teacher of English and, more recently, as a Director of Education.
I am totally committed to raising achievement and building confidence in young children and I know that the contribution of parents and teachers is invaluable in this process. Kathy Jacobs was an excellent teacher, under whose guidance primary-aged children flourished. Kathy’s career was, tragically, cut short. I hope that, by being a trustee, I can help to celebrate her past work and encourage young children to achieve their full potential, whilst, at the same time, raising awareness of the way in which she died. The education, health, and safety of children is my particular interest, and I hope to contribute effectively to The Katherine Jacobs Trust by drawing on a wealth of past experience in these areas. I hope that my skills in teaching, child management, general management and group interaction will also be useful. I retired in January 2006 and am now also a member of a group which raises funds to support children and young people who show particular aptitude in music, dance, drama and sport. In addition, I am a volunteer with a Foundation which provides day and respite care for elderly, disabled and lonely people.