Salt Committee 2019

Meet the people working behind the scenes to make SALT happen!

Louise Whyte


Louise, Principal Teacher Languages at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Glasgow graduated from the University of Glasgow with an Honours degree in French in 2003. Following on from her degree course she continued her studies at the university to become a secondary teacher. As part of her commitment and enthusiasm towards her own professional development and to gain a dual language qualification Louise enrolled for the ‘Continuing Certificate of Education in Spanish’ at the University of Strathclyde which she successfully completed in 2008.Louise has worked in three authorities over the span of her teaching career; East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow. From August 2017 until May 2019 she was seconded to Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) at the University of Strathclyde where she was responsible for providing support and guidance to secondary schools as they established their strategy for the implementation of the Scottish Government’s 1+2 policy. Louise is looking forward to taking up her new role as Chair of SALT and working with the committee to create more opportunities for teachers across all sectors to share their practice and build new partnerships.

Louise Tate Graham

Vice Chair

Louise Tate Graham, Modern Languages at Gryffe High School, Renfrewshire. Originally Belfast born and bred, Louise moved to Scotland to study French and Spanish at Stirling University and later the PGDE at the University of Glasgow. Louise has spent much time abroad, both studying and working, twice taking on the role of British Council Language Assistant from Paris to Brittany and Granada, Spain to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. More recently, Louise also spent a year living and teaching in Wilmington, North Carolina, gaining insight into the workings of another Education system. Louise is passionate about ensuring that language learning is a positive experience for all and is excited to be joining us as Vice Chair of the SALT committee this year.

Yasmynn Lloyd

Digital Co-ordinator

Yasmynn Lloyd, French and Spanish teacher, Bo’ness Academy, Falkirk. She studied both undergrad (French and English Literature) and PGDE at Glasgow University, undertaking a year abroad as a Language Assistant in Rouen, and now lives in West Lothian. From 2016-2018, she undertook a distance-learning Graduate Diploma in Spanish with Dundee University, and completed an LFEE immersion course in Málaga in 2018. From 2018-2020 she completed an MEd in Professional Practise at Glasgow University, with a dissertation focusing on technology-supported language learning. She presented at SALT 2018 about the use of iPads to support Modern Languages teaching and learning and is keen on using these valuable tools to enhance ML pedagogy to inspire and motivate learners. She enjoys hillwalking, reading, video games and getting excited about puppies. The next language on her ‘want to learn’ list is Russian! She is SALT’s Digital Co-ordinator and as such is responsible for maintaining the website, amongst other things.

Greg Baxter

Social Media Co-ordinator

Greg Baxter, Modern Languages at Graeme High School, Falkirk. After leaving school, Greg completed a BA Hons in French, Spanish and Education at Stirling University and the PDGE Secondary Education at Strathclyde University. As part of the second year of his undergrad, Greg took on the role of English Language Assistant in Lourdes, France through the British Council during year 2 of his undergrad. More recently, Greg has spent time working with family in Gran Canaria and has completed a 5-week placement as an English and French teacher in Oviedo, Spain as part of the PGDE course. Having completed the Apple Teacher course, and currently engaging in the Microsoft Innovating Educator programme, Greg is passionate about using technology to enhance learning both in the classroom and at home. Greg is absolutely delighted to be working with SALT as their Social Media Co-ordinator.

Morag Skinner

Events Team

Morag Skinner, Modern Languages at St Thomas Aquinas RC Secondary School, Glasgow. After growing up in the Shetland Islands Morag moved to Glasgow to study French and Spanish at Strathclyde University. A few years later she returned there to complete her PGDE. Morag has spent time working abroad in both France and Spain. Twice she took on the role of Language Assistant through the British Council, first in a secondary school in Murcia, Spain and later in a primary school in Madrid. In France, she gained experience working as a lectrice for the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Morag is delighted to be joining the SALT committee this year.

Rebecca McGranahan

Events Team

Rebecca McGranahan, Languages, St. Peter the Apostle High School, West Dunbartonshire. Rebecca graduated from Stirling University with a BAHons in French and Spanish. Thereafter, she studied for the PGDE at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Rebecca has spent a considerable amount of time in both Spain and France; firstly, working for the British Council as a Language Assistant in the Spanish education system, followed by 2 years working in the Spanish tourism industry. Rebecca also studied translation in both French and Spanish at the Aix-Marseille Université in France. Rebecca is highly motivated to share, develop and sustain positive language learning experiences in the education system; she has organised school trips to Madrid, promoted language learning with Los Espacios Increíbles in partnership with Strathclyde University and SCILT, and has recently been promoted to the post of Principal Teacher of Raising Attainment.

Rhubekka Smith

Events Team

Rhubekka Smith, Class Teacher in North Ayrshire. Languages was always a strong interest throughout her school life, studying French at Advanced Higher and crashing Higher Spanish at college during her 6th year. Rhubekka went to university as an art student, studying at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen but she realised teaching was her passion and completed her PDGE at Aberdeen University. With a strong creative flare for languages and the arts, Rhubekka became the Languages Coordinator for her school, developing planners and resources used across the council, delivering staff CPD and offering support and guidance to colleagues. In addition, she has become a member of her council 1+2 Strategy group and a member of the SALT committee this year.

Paul Hare

Events Team

Dr. Paul Hare, Senior Teaching Fellow in Italian, University of Strathclyde / Professional Development Officer, SCILT. Paul graduated from Strathclyde in European Studies and Italian, before moving to Ireland (three decades after his mother had made the reverse journey!), where he completed a Ph.D in History of the Italian Renaissance at Trinity College Dublin. During his studies, Paul spent long spells in Italy – studying in Pisa, working in Rome and researching in Bologna and Mantua. Besides Italian, Paul has a working knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish. In both his roles, Paul works with external organisations, promoting the advantages of multilingualism in diverse fields. Paul is delighted to take the opportunity to join the SALT committee, where he will represent the Higher Education sector.

Louisa-Jane Macinnes

Quality Assurance Team

Louisa-Jane, Principal Teacher Languages at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow graduated from University of Strathclyde with an Honours degree in French and Spanish. Following on from her degree Louisa-Jane worked for several years for the Scottish Refugee Council managing their supported accommodation projects in Edinburgh for vulnerable asylum seekers. Her qualifications in languages were key to securing her post and essential for everyday communication with many of the people she was supporting. She went on to work as a translator and interpreter in Brazil where she also learned Portuguese and attended conferences in Argentina and Chile as part of her time there. She has worked translating and editing documents of many different styles from human rights research documents to French comic books. Louisa-Jane qualified as a teacher in 2001 and has worked for several authorities including Highland and East Renfrewshire and in specialist posts working with the EAL service and with young people with autism. Louisa-Jane has been working as PT Modern Languages at Holyrood Secondary for 5 years now - which she absolutely loves. Holyrood Secondary has approx. 70 languages spoken as mother tongue making it a particularly vibrant and dynamic learning environment and a reminder that there are many more languages to learn.

Emma Drennan

Quality Assurance Team

Emma Drennan, Principal Teacher Modern Languages at Carluke High School, South Lanarkshire. Emma has always loved a good chat, and realised that studying languages was a great way to make her love of people and conversation part of her professional life. She studied French at the University of Glasgow then, after working in a Learning Centre and doing Youth Work, did her PGDE at the University of Strathclyde while studying Spanish at nights. As well as working as a British Council Language Assistant in France she has spent time studying and travelling in Spain, particularly in Andalucía. Emma has previously taught languages in Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway and West Dunbartonshire, and gained an insight into the national picture for languages while on secondment in West Dunbartonshire flying the flag for 1+2. Emma’s daily language goal is to share with others her enthusiasm for language, people and places. Her personal language goal is to learn more Arabic, to add to the basics she was taught by some inspiring pupils.

Rachel Young

Quality Assurance Team

Rachel Young works as Acting Principal Teacher, and, Literacy and Modern Languages lead at St Marnock’s Primary school in Pollok, Glasgow; as well as being a Volunteer Network Lead for West Partnership. She studied International Business and Modern Languages at University of Strathclyde, worked in business for a year before studying PGDE Primary at University of Glasgow. During her undergraduate year, Rachel participated in the Erasmus programme, studying at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She completed Med Professional Practice at University of Glasgow developing the use of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) into her teaching. She is passionate to encourage her pupils and staff in aspects of languages and cultures.

Andrew McCulloch

Quality Assurance Team

Originally from Renfrewshire, Andrew McCulloch has been Curriculum Leader of Modern Languages at Portobello High School in Edinburgh since 2016. He completed his probationary year at Park Mains High School in 2011 before a one year stint in Edinburgh at Firrhill High School. He has been at Portobello HS since 2012. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in French at the University of Glasgow in 2009 before undertaking the PGDE at Strathclyde in 2009-10. He has recently successfully completed the CCEd in Spanish at Strathclyde and did an LFEE immersion course Málaga in the summer of 2015. He has been an SQA marker for N5 French since 2014 and has been a Team Leader since 2016. He is very pleased to be joining the SALT committee team in 2019.

Valérie Pellarin

Quality Assurance Team

Valérie Pellarin, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages at St Roch's Secondary school in Glasgow, graduated from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 with a degree in languages and literature. With a desire to travel and explore new cultures, following her studies, Valérie moved to Scotland in 2007 to join the Modern Languages Assistant team in Glasgow. This was an extremely positive and rewarding experience which led to Valérie pursuing a career as a languages teacher. In addition to her current school role, Valérie has held various appointments with the SQA which include assisting with NQ recordings, scrutineer and most recently marker for the Higher team. She has also led training sessions in Glasgow for British Council Language Assistants. Valérie is a member of the team at the Alliance Française in Glasgow where she delivers evening classes for children. This role has provided her with a good working knowledge of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Valérie is passionate about teaching languages and is looking forward to working with the SALT committee to provide professionals with yet another fantastic conference!

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