People have often commented I should consider teaching, but coming from a family of teachers, I wanted to do my own thing. I did know I wanted to make a difference though, but didn’t know what that would actually look like. After several other jobs and spending a lot of time volunteering with children, I finally accepted that teaching was the right option for me.
Teaching is a privilege; you are a key influence in children’s lives. Regardless of their home life, you have the opportunity to provide a child with hope, self-belief and confidence in their ability.
Ark’s mission and beliefs appeal to me greatly; I am passionate about helping others realise their potential. Growing up in Birkenhead, working as a camp counsellor with kids from American ‘ghettos’, teaching children in Brazilian favelas and working with churches and schools in low-socio economic areas has made me passionate about ensuring everyone has the same opportunities.
The programme itself appealed to me because of the level of support you receive; right from the application stage. It was extremely reassuring to know that I would be embarking on a new career in an environment that wanted me to achieve my best and would encourage me at every step.
Having graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a BA Theology, I have spent the last couple of years primarily as a freelance illustrator. I was lucky to be able to publish a children’s book ‘Finley the Fox and the Christmas Bells’. It was incredible to have my drawings in print and I had a great opportunity to read the story to groups of children. This magical experience was one of the final nudges I needed to get into teaching.
I was slightly apprehensive about summer school; it was a significant change for me and I was a little nervous about meeting the other trainees. However, it was an extremely beneficial and rewarding experience. The training was really thorough, I finished feeling very prepared for the next year and it was lovely to meet lots of like-minded people.
I loved the final showcase. All the tutor groups came together and shared a short presentation about their experience. After a tough few weeks, it was great to come together and reflect on just how much we had learnt in a couple of weeks.
Life will look very different in September; I am bracing myself for the change in pace but also relishing the challenge. It will be so rewarding to start getting to know my class and beginning to help them realise their potential. Children, particularly at primary age, often provide wonderfully refreshing approaches and reflections on life. I look forward to having a job where my approach to life is regularly enriched by sharing in those moments and experiences.