Alumni News

24th November, 2020

How to change a dream into answering a call….

With the support of my husband, Stephen, I left my advertising job in 1993 and started Stranmillis majoring in English Literature.
Four years later,  I graduated with a first class Honours degree, three awards and a little girl called Ashley.

I found it very difficult to get a permanent job, so I subbed for years in many schools around Belfast.  I returned to my studies a couple of years later to do a Master of Arts in Arts in the Community and Stran. I graduated with a distinction.

I was invited back as a part time lecturer, to the English department at Stranmillis, within a few years of graduating.  I have worked in many, many schools.  I even returned to my old school, Grosvenor Grammar, where I work in the English Department and directed senior and junior productions.

I have been teaching in Cavehill Primary School, for 19 years. As the Literacy Coordinator and librarian,  I am known simply as ‘the book lady’. Although I have been living with ME for years, I still love teaching in Cavehill and being part of the community in North Belfast.

Without the support of Dr Peter Frost and Dr Patterson from Stranmillis;  my mentors, my champions and my friends, my 25 year career would not have been launched with such love, support and reassurance.  I will always be thankful that Dr Patterson saw something in me that I never knew was there.  That’s what great teachers and friends do. Kritina Kerr LinkedIN Profile

 

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