During Chloe Webster’s school days, she wanted to become a Doctor…however she soon realised this wasn’t her destined career. In Chloe’s final year at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir, Angus she studied Higher Psychology which she absolutely loved and decided to pursue further education in this subject.
Chloe then went to Aberdeen University for 4 years, studying psychology when she found herself interested in learning about child development. Chloe then worked one to one with a young boy with autism and found it incredibly rewarding. Chloe said,
“I really loved that I was making such a positive impact on just one child. I then decided that I wanted to expand this positive impact from one young person to teaching a class of young people. I do love working with children, even spending time with my younger family members. I just knew from then that I wanted to become a Primary Teacher.”
So, from this experience, Chloe decided that she wanted to become a Primary Teacher however didn’t have the necessary Higher English qualification to get into the PGDE Primary Education course. So, she decided to take up Higher English night classes at North East Scotland College. While studying for her qualification Chloe worked in Retail and volunteered at a school in Aberdeen to gain more experience with young people.
After achieving her Higher English, she then went on to complete her PGDE Primary Education course at The University of Edinburgh, which consisted of 18 weeks of placement at 3 different Primary Schools. Chloe’s partner was posted to Moray with the Royal Air Force and she is now undertaking her NQT year at Anderson’s Primary School in Forres. Chloe said,
“Moray is such a nice area and it is a bit like Angus which is where I come from, in the sense that it is quiet and not too far away from the city. I love the pace of life here and you’ve got everything you need around you with easy public transport links to places in and around Moray."
Chloe explained that she loves working at Anderson’s Primary School as all the staff are very supportive and as a result, she has learned a lot from the people around her. She said,
“Seeing the positive impact on the children, building positive relationships with them and seeing the difference in their development is very rewarding to watch. The children are always eager to tell me about what’s going on in their lives and their opinions on things; it is lovely to have that level of positive interaction.
My advice to others is to not be afraid to ask questions and don’t take anything for granted. You’ve got to be driven to become a teacher and want to make a difference to others. If you enjoy spending time with children and are passionate about making a positive change to the future generations then teaching may well be for you, I would definitely recommend it, it’s such a rewarding career!”