Sian’s dream is com­ing true

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

A STU­DENT who has wanted to be a teacher since the day she was born has achieved her dream in mem­ory of her dad, and her grandma who worked in a lo­cal school.

Sian Bibby, from Wi­gan, has grad­u­ated with a BA (Hons) de­gree in early years ed­u­ca­tion with QTS and can’t wait to do her fam­ily proud when she be­gins teach­ing in Septem­ber.

Sian, 21, said: “I’ve al­ways wanted to be a teacher from as far back as I can re­mem­ber, then when I started school and met Mrs Ful­ster I knew I wanted to be just like her.

“She was an amaz­ing teacher and al­ways looked out for me. She was al­ways much more than just a teacher and re­ally sup­ported pupils be­yond the cur­ricu­lum, mak­ing sure they were okay in all as­pects of their life.

“I knew that one day I wanted to be just like her and help young peo­ple and she was also best friends with my grandma who was a re­cep­tion­ist in the same school.”

While she was study­ing at Edge Hill, Sian’s grandma and dad died in a short space of time.

Sian said: “I was re­ally close to my grandma and thought about de­fer­ring af­ter her pass­ing. But it was Dad who told me to ‘stop be­ing daft’ and asked me if I thought grandma would have wanted me to de­fer the course.

“Then when my dad passed it was a mon­u­men­tal loss to the fam­ily. I’d just started my place­ment in a school and again I thought about de­fer­ring for a year.

“But as my dad had been ill for a while he’d al­ways said to us ‘don’t use me as an ex­cuse not to do some­thing’ and my mum re­minded me of this.

“She said I was so close to reach­ing my dream and be­com­ing a teacher, and that it’s what my dad and my grandma would have wanted.

“So thanks to her en­cour­age­ment and the sup­port of my amaz­ing tu­tors and friends at Edge Hill, I con­tin­ued with my de­gree.”

Sian has al­ready signed up to be­gin sup­ply teach­ing in Septem­ber and hopes she will find a per­ma­nent job in a lo­cal school as the coun­try emerges from the pan­demic.

She added: “Both my dad and grandma al­ways pushed me to ex­cel in my stud­ies, and were al­ways my big­gest sup­port­ers, so hav­ing the knowl­edge that they’re al­ways watch­ing over me and cheer­ing me on has also re­ally helped me to con­tinue through­out my fi­nal year, and ul­ti­mately grad­u­ate this sum­mer.”

The early years tu­tor team at Edge Hill, said: “Sian has shown great re­silience and courage to con­tinue her stud­ies and pro­fes­sional prac­tices in school.

“We’re all re­ally proud of her de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed and achieve suc­cess and we wish her ev­ery suc­cess”.

Sian Bibby

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