Born in Manchester in 1973 to Jean (a nurse) and Roy (ex-soldier), I was followed by my sister Claire in 1977. When Claire was born my Mother suffered terribly from post natal depression and was never to work again, little did we know she was also suffering from many minor strokes. When I was 10 yrs old, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and an under-active thyroid, coupled with the strokes she was unable to care for the family full time, so this role fell to me. To be honest, I quite enjoyed the responsibility. I would get up at 6am to do my morning paper round, be back in time to get Claire ready for school, then go to school myself. I would come home at lunchtime to check on Mum, do the shopping on the way home and I pretty soon became quite a proficient cook. Needless to say, I left school with very little on the way of GCSEs.

Fast forward 10 years, I was married with a beautiful baby boy (there’s no bias there, he is gorgeous!), another 5 years later Thomas started school and I saw an opportunity to finally get an education. I was far too shy to go to college so I studied GCSE Maths  on the distance learning programme. A year later I took the plunge and went to college full time, doing an Access to Higher Education course, I achieved GCSE Science, A Level equivalent Biology, Critical Skills and Primary school teaching (my initial direction). I then went on to go to the University of Bolton and got a BSc Honours degree in Psychology (yeah baby!)

It was at this point I found I wanted to share my excitement about Psychology with as many people as possible. I also felt I needed to help other people to achieve their potential, so, back to university I went and completed a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education which qualifies me to teach in post compulsory education.

This brings us to the present day. I am currently working as an Exam Invigilator at a local high school and lecturing voluntarily with the University of the Third Age (Age Uk) which I am loving, but, like so many other people in the industry, full time work is proving to be pretty elusive. Which is a shame because I feel I have so much to give with people in post compulsory education, not only do I love Psychology but I feel I have the experience and compassion to be able to teach it to other people who are in the position I found myself in not so very long ago.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mrs Paula Inglis
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 20:39:26

    well proud of you. It goes to show there is only one person who holds us back in life and that is us……


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