Meet our new Associate Director of Teaching & Learning, Tamara Pierce.
Tamara completed her A Levels at a local Sixth Form and progressed to York St John University to study for a degree in her favourite subject, history.
Tamara had always known that she wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl, she said: “I remember at primary school being asked what I wanted to be when I was older, and the answer was always- a teacher! I’ve always loved helping others and sharing my passions.”
After completing her degree, Tamara enjoyed a range of roles in a variety of educational settings including primary schools, SEN schools and a local University. But it was teaching in a College that Tamara really loved. So, she progressed to University to complete her PGCE and then successfully landed her first role as a history teacher at Bede Sixth Form.
Tamara said: “I was a history teacher at Bede Sixth Form for over eight years. I absolutely loved it. During my time at Bede, I worked as a teacher, a teaching and learning mentor and a learning coach. I was also an advanced practitioner for the humanities and creative departments, which was a role I thoroughly enjoyed.
“For me, being a teacher is all about that ‘lightbulb moment’ with students. When a student finally understands a piece of work and you realise that all the hard work was worth it. Working in teaching and learning means I get to have that ‘lightbulb moment’ with staff too! I love helping staff with best practice and supporting them in their roles.
“When I saw this role at Middlesbrough College advertised, I knew it was the perfect career move and challenge for me, so I applied and was delighted when I was offered the job!
“I’ve really enjoyed my first few months of working at Middlesbrough College. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. The College is a big organisation that has a huge impact on the community of Teesside, and it’s great to know that you are part of something that is making such a huge difference to people’s lives.
“Teachers all work in education to help, support and educate the next generations of talent and I love my role as I get to support and educate our teachers- it’s amazing helping teachers to be more effective in their roles.
“I’ve loved getting to know everyone at the College and finding out more about their roles and what they do. We have so much talent here and I’m excited to help harness that talent and create a community where we can all share best practice and learn from all the brilliant things that we are all doing.
“I’m a firm believer that although we work in education, we are always learning. I want our staff to be at the forefront of learning and to support them to put that time aside to develop their skillsets and knowledge.
“Outside of work, I love to travel and go on holiday! Edinburgh is my favourite city for all things history related- I would recommend a trip if you haven’t been before! I’m also out walking lots with my dog Pablo and babysitting my nieces and nephews.