Student Turned Teacher Returns to Her Former College

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A Shropshire woman is returning to her former college halls, but this time as teacher rather than student.


Jodie Sands has secured a job as Lecturer in Foundation Studies at Telford College, just three years after completing her HND in Sports Performance & Coaching at the College.


“Returning to the College where I was a student, but now as a Lecturer is a little strange but I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said the 24-year-old. “At least I already know my way around and it will be great to now work alongside some of those people that taught me.”


After completing the HND, which is validated by the University of Worcester, Jodie, from Coalbrookdale, progressed onto the second year of the University’s Physical Education & Sports Coaching Science degree, which she completed in 2013.


“I found the HND course was suitable for me at the time and the chance to progress onto the degree at Worcester was very appealing,” she said. “I knew the University of Worcester had a great reputation for Sport and Physical Education, and with this as my intended career path, I knew it would be a suitable university for me.”


Jodie worked in a Special Educational Needs school for children with multiple and profound learning disabilities during her studies and also did a lot of voluntary and paid work with local sports groups and disability groups. In addition, she spent two summers in the USA coaching summer camps.


“When I started the HND, my aim was to go on to complete the full degree and gain valuable work experience in my intended career path,” she said. “The course offered numerous placements and the opportunity to volunteer and I achieved a higher grade than first expected, finishing with a 2:1.”


David Mycock, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester, who is also the link tutor for the HND at Telford College, said: “Jodie was an excellent student both during the HND and the degree and I’m delighted to hear that she will now be working at the College. I’m sure she will be a real inspiration to a new generation of sports coaches and teachers.”