After graduating from the University of East Anglia with B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature and American Studies, I worked in mental health services in Wolverhampton for ten years. I gained experience in a range of contexts from outpatient occupational therapy and intensive care to learning disabilities and community services for people suffering with severe and enduring mental health problems. During this time I gained experience of basic cognitive behavioural therapy, behavioural family therapy, anxiety / stress management, art therapy, health promotion and suicide prevention and worked as part of a number of multi-disciplinary teams.
I took the GTP route into teaching to give children an education that would provide the best chances in life and help avoid the situations in which mental health service users found themselves. Having gained QTS status I taught in Walsall as a class teacher. I gained experience of subject leadership and as part of Senior Management Teams, lead on curriculum development, INSET and staff development, supporting NQTs and trainees. I developed a reputation as an outstanding, creative teacher and remain committed to making children as excited about learning as I am.
I applied for the post of lecturer at Wolverhampton because I wanted to communicate my enthusiasm for education to trainees and ensure that the university produces the teachers that children need today. Since starting I have taken on module leadership for First Year English and Second Year Early Literacy, which has become my specialism. I am studying for my Masters in Education and developing my research profile in the area of new forms of literacy in the classroom. I am also writing in this area as part of my department’s renewed commitment to writing and research.