What made you decide to train as a teacher?
I started tutoring after returning from living in Finland for 2 years to earn money and use the skills that I had gained from my previous degrees. I feel in love with tutoring and felt incredibly rewarded when my students were passing their exams and finally felt like I had found what I was meant to do for the rest of my life and teach. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My time in Finland has also given me the drive to push Scotland’s education system to a more Finnish model and improve it beyond measure helping young Scottish people to achieve in all areas.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
Glasgow is my home and where I grew up, but I had not experienced life as an adult here leaving when I was 18 to study and travel. That was over 15 years ago, and I wanted to come home and experience this wonderful city as an adult. Choosing Strathclyde was an easy choice as they are regarded as one of the best places to learn how to teach in Scotland and the staff that I met at my interview made me feel very welcome and that studying here would be an overall enjoyable experience.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Enjoy every moment that comes your way because time will fly. It is tough and tiring, but ultimately incredibly rewarding.
What’s the best thing about studying PGDE at Strathclyde?
The course covers a huge spectrum from theories of learning to actual classroom practice and getting to go on placement in this great city is an incredible eye opener. Most of all the people I have met on the course have become good friends.
How is your course helping to prepare you for your future career?
I am learning to teach, manage the classroom mainly through experience which is the best way to learn. I am learning to be organised, fun, creative and confident with planning and delivering lessons.
What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
I am open to what will happen in my future and have no firm plans in place other than to enjoy my probation year and pass and become the best teacher I can. My hope in the distant future is take my skills overseas and teach all different kinds of children and if I end up back in Finland, I would be very happy.