Current occupation: Head of Nurture at Crookhey Hall School (Teacher)
What did you do after College?
I went to UClan to top up my Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. I then decided to take another career option route working in a residential care home with young people for four years. I completed a Level 3 in Childcare qualification during my employment.
How did you get into your career?
I did a part time teaching qualification at LMC working in the Sports department. Approximately six months after finishing the PGCE qualification, I applied for a teaching position at Crookhey Hall School as a Physical Education Teacher. After two years of employment at the school, I was asked if I wanted to take on the Nurture Suite. This involved nurturing and developing the younger pupils which I still do today.
What were the best bits about your course?
The atmosphere in and around college and the friends you meet which I still have contact with today. The opportunities that are available at LMC. I was lucky enough to work in Bulgaria on a Summer Sports Camp in 2008. I also fortunate to travel to Russia to work with a grammar school and had the opportunity to travel to Slovakia on two occasions for a skiing holiday.
Why did you choose Lancaster & Morecambe College?
I decided from an early age I wanted to work in sport and be employed in the education sector. LMC offered me plenty of opportunities at the time, it was local and I could join the Rugby academy. The interview process put me at ease and the staff made me feel welcome.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the same course?
I would say without a shadow of doubt to have a think about LMC. Have a visit. The opportunities available and the chances I had were life changing and it certainly broaden my horizons. Without LMC offering the variety of courses that I did, I probably would not be where I am now.
How did LMC help you get where you are today?
The support and teaching staff where so supportive and they also had the time for me. They encouraged me to do my best. I remember my tutor noticed for the first time, throughout my whole education life, that I may have dyslexia. He put me through the test and it turned out that I did have dyslexia. The support available throughout my studies at LMC was excellent. I still remain grateful for this, as I have learnt how to deal with it, and overcome this barrier.
Anything else you would like to tell us?
Thank you to Iain Parkinson for noticing that I had dyslexia. Thank you to Jayne Roper for mentoring me through my teaching qualification and then giving me a great reference which supported my application to my Career now.
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