What is your background in education?
I began my teaching career at Truro College in 2000 as a lecturer in Health and Social Care in the Community Studies department, and therefore, worked at the college for seventeen years! For five years, I was also a Deputy Team Leader within this department with responsibility for the Access to Health and Social Care programmes, although throughout my career at Truro College I taught students on a range of courses including Level 2, AS Level, Access, Extended National Diploma and Foundation Degree.
I have a degree in History and Sociology from Exeter University, and prior to this, completed the National Diploma in Health and Social Care myself, where my real passion for studying and working in the sector began! Before becoming Assistant Principal for Student Experience at Callywith College, I was a Programme Team Leader for Community Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences at the College.
What inspired you to pursue a career in education?
My studies, both at college and university, really fuelled my interest in Sociology and the Health and Social Care sector; the two overlap in so many ways and I decided I wanted to share my passion for these subjects with others with a keen interest in them. Sociology is a fantastic subject to study; it can open up so many employment and educational opportunities, as being able to understand the society in which we live and consider explanations for our own behaviours and actions, alongside those of individuals and groups around us, can be incredibly exciting.
What does your role involve?
My role is to ensure students receive the best possible support at the College and that all students experience outstanding provision that raises their aspirations, supports them to achieve their full potential and enables them to exceed their expectations.
Why do you think Cornwall needs Callywith College?
At Truro and Penwith College we offer an outstanding teaching and learning experience to young people who come from all over Cornwall. To be able to bring this experience to Callywith College and offer a real breadth of courses alongside fantastic learning facilities and highly dedicated and motivated staff, much closer to home for so many young people, is of huge benefit to those who live in this area.
When you’re not working, what is your favourite thing to do?
I enjoy being outside and spending time with my family, either in my garden or on the beach, taking our lovely rescue dog with us wherever we go!
What advice would you give students considering applying for Callywith College?
I really encourage them to look at the extensive range of courses we have available, to apply and be part of this fantastic new college where they can embark upon a course of study which will, with hard work and effort, mean they can realise their own goals and have an exciting future full of potential.