Marie knew that she wanted to teach deaf
children from as early as 14 years old. Originally intending to
study a human communication course at another university, Marie was
excited to find out about the University’s Deaf Studies course on a
weekend visit to her friends who were current students.
“I only intended to come to Wolverhampton to
visit my friends and watch a match at the Molineux stadium but
while I was here I saw an advert for the Open Day and decided to
pop long. I’d never heard of a Deaf Studies degree before so I was
really excited to learn I was able to do it.”
Marie was so impressed with the University
that she applied to study Deaf Studies with Linguistics and came
back to the next Open Day to show her mum.
“We both loved the place so much so that I put
Wolverhampton as my first choice university.”
And once Marie enrolled she wasn’t
disappointed with the course.
“I enjoyed the course immensely. The lecturers
knew their subject and their passion showed in lectures,” she
explains. “To assist our learning we had access to a video lab and
great range of sign language videos to gather research towards our
After graduating in 2000 Marie stayed with the
University as a Students’ Union officer; a post which she was
successfully elected into for two years running.
Marie then went on to work as a children’s
worker at a local college and as a children’s worker for a local
church. Although Marie enjoyed her jobs she wanted to progress her
career further and decided to return to the University to study a
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
“Although the workload was greater, the
support of staff was fantastic. There was always someone readily
available to offer suggestions for teaching practice and the whole
course quickly established the need for professional attitudes and
After successfully completing her PGCE Marie
worked for five years in two primary schools in Wolverhampton.
“I felt I was giving something back to the
city after receiving so much through my time as a student.”
But it was in 2010 when Marie finally got her
dream job when she was offered the post of trainee teacher of deaf
children in Leeds. Together with her husband, who was also a
Wolverhampton graduate, Marie set out for her new career.
“Moving was a big decision for us but a good
one as we are both now working in jobs related to our studies.”
And it’s not just the pupils that are
learning; Marie’s new role is teaching her something too.
“At the moment I’m learning new sign language
signs for a primary school audience and I’m even learning new signs
for the regional dialect,” she explains. “It’s a challenge
but it’s rewarding when you see a child achieve and I know that the
skills I learnt during my four years at the university stand me in
Marie will soon be continuing her studies with
an MA in Deaf Education.
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