I changed career path in 2006 and started studying education in Houston, Texas. I had been meaning to continue my studies since then but life got in the way. We moved out of the USA to Canada, and then to Norway. Then I had a child and I got a position as an assistant at the International School of Stavanger. When I was pregnant with my second child, I took the opportunity of the maternity leave to complete my Bachelor of Education online with the University of Endicott, in Beverly, Massachusetts. When I completed my course, I was valedictorian and held the Graduation Speech.
I then felt ready to hold a position as a teacher, and I needed a PGCE to do this. My supervisor advised that I could study my PGCE with Sunderland like many of my colleagues, so I registered and was accepted.
The best part of the course is the online interface. The course is well organised, with weekly updates and the classes are clear and very interesting. I completed two teaching practices within my school and I was very well supported by my lecturers from Sunderland. All the assignments throughout the year were really linked to the practical aspects of a teacher’s life. And while I was researching for my papers I learned a lot which I could use practically as a teacher.
I have a position as a Preschool teacher at the moment, covering maternity leave and hope that I will be offered a permanent position in the next school year.
The University of Sunderland empowered me with the right tools to become a teacher. The practices and advice I have received from my lecturers has given me confidence in my role as a teacher.”
Published 28 April 2020