Tabitha Gillard

I am currently studying towards a BA in Primary Education with QTS at Durham University.

What are your future plans and ambitions?

Once I leave university, I hope to secure a job as a teacher in an upper Key Stage 2 class in a primary school. I later wish to go on to become an special educational needs and disabilities specialist with the possibility of progressing to a headship at some stage in my career.

What has been the highlight of your life so far after leaving school?

My highlight since leaving Teesdale School has been starting university and meeting lots of new people as well as gaining a new-found independence - I realise now that I can cook more than just pasta!

What is your favourite Teesdale memory?

There are so many to choose from! I’d have to say it’s between being taught to salsa dance in Year 10, form time and the internship opportunity that I had in sixth form. The chance to spend a half day a week at Green Lane was essential prior to my university course and was not only enjoyable but an amazing chance to gain experience in a primary school, provided by Teesdale Sixth Form.

I’ll always remember Mr Whitehead telling me that I would pass A Level maths, and as much as I told him I wouldn’t and that I couldn’t do it, he believed in me and I only went and passed it and got into university.

Advice to my younger self...

Listen to my teachers when they say I can do something - don’t just give up at the first hurdle! Even the hardest obstacles can be overcome if you believe in yourself.

You can invite one person to a dinner party - who do you invite and why?

I would invite Malala Yousafzai because she is not only a very inspirational young woman, but we could also chat for hours about female rights and education; two topics very close to my heart. It would be a privilege to meet her.

Malala Yousafzai