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Alice Josephine Chadler

Career Path: Teacher Training, Carmel Teacher Training Partnership
Location: North East, UK

I come from a large matriarchal family. I have always been interested in learning - for myself and others. So, I have naturally gravitated toward teaching. I've been in a school for a full half term now, teaching a few of my own classes for the last four weeks, and I love it! I knew from quite early on whatever I did would have something to do with the study of literature, so I took my degree in just that. I enjoyed the learning side of university so much that I decided Secondary school teaching was for me - inspiring that love of literature in others! In the future, I would like to further my own education and spend more time studying what I love - literature!

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Now I am training to teach. I am on a year long School Direct program which means that I 'train on the job'. So far, I love being in schools and am doing well.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria helped me greatly towards this as it not only helped me to develop my extensive subject knowledge, but also helped to give me the experience I needed in schools and pedagogy to apply for teaching. The year-long module 'Students into Schools' has helped me greatly, things I learned from the module continue to help me in my training today.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was without a doubt the lecturers. Their passion and support continues to inspire me now.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

The two lecturers who inspired me the most were Adam Hansen and Ann-Marie Einhaus. Adam's lectures and seminars were really enjoyable and I highly admire his enthusiasm and energy! However, it is Ann-Marie who has supported me during my time at university, and continues to afterwards. She really inspires me to better myself academically and her love of literature shines through!

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

I mostly use my subject knowledge and critical/analytical skills. One thing I developed to a high standard in university was my ability to analyse. I believe it is a key life skill to be able to look at things critically and it is something I try to inspire in my students at school!

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I mostly enjoyed the brilliant modules. Compared to other universities the choice and variety of what to study is excellent!

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

The advice I would give to somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria would be to talk to the lecturers. Let them know what you're interested in and start a chat. The staff at Northumbria are great people to be around! I would also advise having a walk around the city of Newcastle and see if that floats your boat!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Inspirational, dedicated and engaging.

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