What attracted you to Coulsdon College?
I heard so many positive things about the College, so that spurred me on to apply for the job role. There are a great number of opportunities for growth and development, not just for students but for the staff too. It’s really important to surround yourself with supportive people, and the support you receive from colleagues here is second to none.
How are you finding Online Teaching during this pandemic?
Initially it was quite difficult as I have problems with my back. My muscles have been accustomed to being busy when I’m at work, but now I have established an exercise routine before starting work to help my back during the day. I really enjoy going into work and teaching, so my day is totally different. However, I can get a lot more work and marking done without any interruptions, so I find myself being more productive.
How have your students found Online Learning?
Generally, my students have engaged well with Online Learning, albeit at their own pace. I understand it is challenging for them at this time, but as long as they get the work done that is all I ask.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I wanted a career that would challenge me but also help make a difference to the lives of others.
What do you love most about your role?
Being a teacher is such a rewarding job. It is such a great working environment with excellent staff support. I appreciate the enthusiasm for sharing good practice so they can best support our learners.
Do you have any advice for students during these uncertain times?
Follow the Government guidelines – stay home and stay safe. It’s important to keep yourself busy, so when you’ve completed your work for the day perhaps do some exercise or take up a new skill. We’re all in this together so keep in touch with your friends and family.