Reading #blogsync Joint blog from @cherrylkd and @clyn40

Joint post with @cherrylkd on books that have influenced us over the years. This post is for @Eductronic_Net #blogsync


#Blogsync for July asks us to look at the influence that books have had on our lives. You can see all the blogs on this subject by visiting @Edutronic_Net and looking at blogsync. 

I met up with my good friend @clyn40 for drinks in our local pub on Thursday last week and we discussed several twitter related items. First up was @cazzwebbo’s ‘Sweet Dreams Charity Calendar’ and we discussed her sheer hard work in getting this off the ground. Well done to her! Next we chatted about #starkeyfest2 and our forthcoming trip to Leeds. We’re both looking forward to this. Watch out Leeds, we’re coming your way! Lastly, we discussed #blogsync and books. We decided it might be a bit different to do a joint one for this month as it’s the holidays. We hope no one minds. 

When I was growing up our house was always full of…

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Who I am, what I do.

I am a bit late to the party but here is my offering for @EddieKayshun ‘s collection of blogs by teachers –


Eldest of four, Irish father and English mother. Had a great upbringing, not much money but my dad worked hard juggling two jobs till he found something stable. A hundred thousand happy thoughts to share…


Struggled in first year at primary due to hearing and other health issues. Fell behind and had the pleasure of going to Remedial class for a spell! I was the quiet child at the back of class, scared to death to put my hand up in case I got it wrong. That was primarily down to a particularly unpleasant teacher. Thankfully she was moved on after my parents had to intervene. Also her need to wear sunglasses in class on certain days may have also been a reason she left.


High school was a mixed bag, some great teachers and some not so great. In my GCSE years my English and History teachers were both inspirational in class and supportive in my struggle to cope with exams. First time round I just came out with my English lit and lang. Undeterred I went back and got my History and the others. Left school in 1989.


Messed around as an AA (administrative assistant) for the civil service for over a year whilst doing voluntary work at a local respite home for disabled children. I needed to be sure desk work wasn’t for me and I wanted to earn some money. Great social life from it but not for me. Enrolled to do an NNEB (a diploma in working with children in early years and primary school settings) and earned my keep at home by working in my local pub in the evenings and at weekends worked for one of Barnardos children’s home for children/ young people with disabilities. Continue to work at Barnardos as a residential social worker after qualifying in 1993 up till 1998. That’s when I went to see if living in South Africa was for me with my husband. It wasn’t unfortunately, beautiful country and met some great people and saw some incredible places.



God Window, South Africa


Back in England with no job and not many pennies moved back in with my parents (husband too, I thought I’d best bring him with me!). Applied for lots of jobs in childcare till I found one that was full time. Within 6 months of being a nursery nurse (early years practitioner) I was promoted to a senior nursery nurse and quickly moved up the promotion ladder to nursery manager. It was at this time that I started to consider teaching within FE. However the desire to start a family took precedence. After a few years enjoying being a mum to my lovely daughter and son I decided it was time to go and see if I was up to being an FE teacher. It sounds cliche but I really wanted to give something back. I had a lot of experience in child and health and social care settings and felt it was time to share it.


In 2008 did my teaching qualification in post compulsory education – PCE (Professional Certificate in Education). Having achieved this I went onto do my degree. I did this the wrong way round I know, but it was only doing the teaching qualification to teach in FE that helped me realise I was more than capable of gaining a degree. Final year of degree was a real uphill climb juggling assignments, dissertation, teaching, family and dealing with my father being diagnosed with cancer for the third time. I got through it and achieved a degree in Education and Professional Studies.   My subject specialist areas are early years development and education, health and social care and functional skills English. I am now five years into teaching in an FE college and wouldn’t swop my job for anything!  Well maybe a remote tropical island 😉