Dionne is the Principal Lecturer for International and Independent distance learning (IDL) within the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland. .
Dionne’s experience in education is wide and varied. Having studied Professional Education Studies and History as an undergraduate, she began her career with Northumbria Probation Service before moving into education to work with those who found mainstream schooling unsuitable.
Her work led to working with a variety of groups including Family Learning, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Youth Choices (Youth offending) and GCSE English and Maths, all the time examining the character traits necessary to successfully engage students. Having worked as a teacher for 18 years, leading on staff development and Higher Education, Dionne moved to the University of Sunderland in 2011 to take up a role in teacher education. From there she moved on to lead a world leading distance learning PGCE which is delivered in over 60 countries worldwide and is now leading on the international development of education. Her work involves travelling overseas on a regular basis to support teachers in their development. Her research interests include international teacher education and the context driven curriculum as well as character education for both teachers and students.
Outside of work Dionne has two teenage children, at school in Sunderland, and many pets to keep the family busy,