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John Dabell

John Dabell

The Teacher Without A Tongue

In 2009, John Dabell, a year 6 Teacher in Nottingham, received the devastating news that he had head and neck cancer and would have to have a tumour removed from his tongue. In fact, John had to have 2/3 of his tongue removed - which dramatically changed his successful career and his ability to communicate, eat and swallow.

John has worked extremely hard over many years to ‘find his voice’ again as well as improve his eating. Let him inspire your students with his relentless optimism to get better and to not allow his disability to stand in the way of his life and his work as an educational writer.

John will share with pupils what resilience is all about, why they should never give up and what it means to be a cancer survivor living without a tongue in a world that puts an extremely high premium on speaking.

John inspires pupils to focus on their lives, what they have and what they can still become when the unexpected happens. He can talk sensitively about cancer from first-hand experience and what it feels like not to talk in the same way he once did. John’s talk would help promote a number of key 'RECIPE' values including resilience, empathy, creativity, initiative, positivity and excellence.

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