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February alumni of the Month

Tina Clark - PGCE Physical Education teacher training, 2020

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Why did you choose to study at UEL?
I chose to study at UEL as it offered a great teacher training program and had amazing facilities and library facilities. I liked that we were able to study at Stratford and Dockland campus.

What is your one special memory of your time at UEL?
One of my special memories was seeing some students graduate and I remember thinking one day that will be me. I also really enjoyed the trip to Wales we went on to meet my lecturer and colleagues.

What have you done since graduating from UEL?
I have got a job in South West London and have started my NQT year. I have set up girls football clubs at my school. My research project was published in AFPE.

What is your current job role? And what does it involve?
I am a physical education teacher and I teach years 7-13 core and BTEC sport. I also have my own form class and work within my department to create meaningful resources for children.

How did UEL help you get to where you are now?
UEL supported me by teaching me different aspects of teaching. Supporting me through the year. Treating me like an individual and not just another student. Gave me the right tools to succeed.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Life will always put obstacles in your way you will have to jump, duck and climb but in the end your will make it to the end, and you will succeed. Never give up on your dreams.

What advice would you give to UEL current students preparing to graduate?
Life seems scary now, but things will work out in the end. The world is your oyster and you will achieve greatness. Never give up and keep on dreaming.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know:
During my PGCE year I lost my mum a day before my course started. I never thought I would be a teacher but UEL and my lecturer never gave up on me and supported me all the way.

If you were to do it all again, would you still choose UEL?
Yes I would definitely choose UEL; it was perfect and I am so grateful for all the amazing colleagues I have met along the way.