I am a teacher because I have never felt more alive than when I am teaching and sharing ideas with a class and I have never done anything more worthwhile.
Why I chose to attend Leeds Trinity
The reputation the University had for the calibre of its teaching graduates was exceptional and there was the opportunity to specialise in a key stage, whilst still qualifying to teach the whole primary age phase. When I attended the interview day there was an incredible atmosphere and I was very impressed with the facilities on offer. Additionally, when applying for jobs I know employers recognise the Leeds Trinity University name and the quality it represents
The best things about studying at Leeds Trinity
I really valued the sense of belonging and I'll stay in touch with many of the staff and students. I arrived as a married mature student and was initially worried that I might miss out on University life and 'the experience' but that didn't happen due to the opportunities available to me.
Also, the support I received from the Student Support team was incredible, without this I might not have been able to return after being ill to complete my course. They are, without a doubt, second to none!
The sort of teacher I aspire to be
My goal is to be that one teacher who my grown pupils will recall with warmth and fond memories, that one teacher who taught them about life, not just subjects and that one teacher that inspired them and made a real difference to their lives. Whenever friends or family members question my chosen career path due to the long hours, the workload, the pay etc. there are many inspiring quotes which I could choose to answer them with, one of my favourites being "a good teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart."
I have never felt more alive than when I am teaching and sharing ideas with a class and I have never done anything more worthwhile than inspiring, enriching, motivating, believing in and caring for my pupils. In short...I am a teacher because I can make a difference.
Graduating as a teacher
It was a strange feeling knowing that I was being paid for something that I've done for years as a student... and would do simply for the love of it! I can still recall how nervous I was during my first ever placement, being introduced as Mrs Pearson, throughout my first lesson I was shaking like a leaf and continually checking my lesson plan but everything went really well.
I remember sitting down afterwards to have a cup of tea and thinking that this is what I'm going to do for the rest of my life!
Getting more than a degree at Leeds Trinity
As the adverts suggest, you're a name not a number at Leeds Trinity. I felt part of a family and I've made friends who I know I'll have with me for life.