About the Author

This is my first foray into the world of blogging. At the ripe old age of 40, I decided to have a career change and follow a long held, desire to get in to teaching. I thought that shipped had sailed, having left it too long after leaving university and forging a different career path. The downturn in Aberdeen and a few poor experiences made me look again at taking the leap.

So far so good! The year back studying at University, on placement in two great schools, meeting some great people and learning so much, has shown me that I have made the right decision and that it’s never too late to make a change.

As a newly qualified teacher, I am actively encouraged to reflect on my learning and teaching. This is an opportunity for me to share my thoughts, fears, observations, challenges and breakthroughs. I hope that writing them down will be a cathartic experience that will help me find the positives in my work, progression in my career and solutions to my problems.

I am now in my first year of teaching, following the flexible probationary route. I am loving teaching and the change it has made for me personally and emotionally. I am still learning and in honesty, hope never to stop learning.

The views expressed are my own and I will endeavor to remain apolitical and fair. Obviously I will steer away from critical comments on schools, pupils and parents. I hope to keep my thoughts focused on my personal journey and challenges.