Soon to be teacher Katherine Kelly has swapped the estate agent’s office for the classroom, taking on her first teaching role after graduating with first class honours from Middlesex University.
From September the BA Primary Education graduate will be teaching in a primary school in Luton. Katherine, 24, lives in Stevenage and is relishing the opportunity to work in a school with a big diversity in its pupils. Katherine said: “It is my dream job to work in an ethnically diverse area with pupils from a range of backgrounds – I want to show them that they can be successful irrespective of their background.”
Before ‘biting the bullet’ and training to be a teacher Katherine was a sales negotiator at an estate agent in Barnet. It was after three years in the job she knew she needed a change of career.
Katherine, who is a former Woodhouse College student and previous resident of Enfield and Edmonton, said: “At 18 I was motivated by money, but a few years down the line, although I loved the company and the staff, I realised I had very little job satisfaction and I had really reached the peak as far as promotions were concerned - unless I raised the money to buy my own firm!
“I was offered a temporary job working at Woodhouse College supporting pupils with their A-level studies, which I enjoyed so I took a full-time teaching assistant job to make sure teaching was for me. It was and after exploring my options I started the course at Middlesex.”
Katherine has completed the three year primary education course doing placements teaching both key stage one and key stage two. The breadth of placements has made me feel confident to teach across each of the year groups
“The tutors were great, without their encouragement I would not have had the confidence to apply for the job that I so desperately wanted. They were also always on hand to check through lesson plans and support additional subject knowledge while on placements.”