THEA Cow­droy-Ling started her work­ing life in bank­ing and fi­nance but made the switch to pri­mary school teach­ing af­ter hav­ing chil­dren.

“I was made re­dun­dant and had to con­sider what I wanted to do with my life. Teach­ing is some­thing I al­ways had in the back of my mind,” she says. “I was in­trigued by how chil­dren learn.”

Cow­droy-Ling stud­ied pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, ma­jor­ing in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, while rais­ing her two chil­dren, now aged eight and six. “I had a case spec­i­men in my house that I could watch and that put every­thing into con­text for me,” she says. “I had a Catholic school­ing up­bring­ing so that in­spired me to go down the Catholic ed­u­ca­tion side.

“If any­one wants a job that en­ables them to laugh and make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives and be part of a com­mu­nity then teach­ing is for them.”

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