Making the transition into teaching;
What did you do before becoming a teacher?
I was a restaurant deputy manager. I had worked in catering for over 15 years and my job role consisted of managing a team of around 15, looking after guests, managing cash flow and stock management.
What inspired you to get into teaching?
Becoming a mum to my daughter made me re-evaluate what was important and what I wanted to do in my life. Working with children, having the privilege of watching them grow, seeing their curiosity being sparked and their love for learning blossom couldn't give you a better feeling.
How has Transition to Teach supported you so far?
The Transition to Teach team have been incredible. They provide such up-to-date information which has allowed me to keep abreast of the education debates and policy changes. In the early part of my training I had some really difficult issues with my mentor and my Guidance and Development Adviser (GDA) was very supportive and gave me some really good advice. He worked closely with my training school and was always there to support me and ensure I was asking the right questions and had everything I needed.
My GDA was also pivotal in me securing a newly qualified teacher post. He helped me with my application and gave me support and assistance before my interview. During the COVID-19 school closure, the team provided us with an abundance of opportunities for continued professional development. The knowledge and advice is second to none.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
I hope to be a part of the pastoral care team in my school, working towards becoming a member of the senior leadership team.
Finally, sum up your experience for us!
I am so pleased that I was able to join the Transition to Teach programme and encourage anyone that has the opportunity to grab it with both hands. It's an extra support network and they offer so much, not only guidance but also resources. I'm not sure I would have managed to get where I am in my teacher training journey without them.
Watch a video about Chloe's transition into teaching below: