Stoney mum gainsher teaching degree

Stonehaven single mother-of -two, Jen McDonald,has described training to be a primary school teacher as an “emotional rollercoaster.”

Sunday, 21st July 2013, 11:21 am
Jen McDonald

Jen (44) was an auxiliary teacher at the town’s Arduthie School when she decided she wanted to take her career to a different level.

She said: “The course was a struggle in itself.

“I found it really, really challenging, plus there were all kinds of things going on behind the scenes.

“My placements were both in the Angus area, both over 30 miles away, so I was away from the kids and racking up petrol costs.”

Jen is the first in her family to gain a degree and was watched during her graduation ceremony by her mother and daughter Amy (10), while her father and son Connor (17) were also there.

Jen added: “I think my folks are quite proud of me, so it’s nice that they were there. They came up from near Brighton to attend.”

Despite already being a mother before taking on the degree, Jen says she didn’t find it necessarily helped her in the classroom.

“The course was really beneficial, but teaching and parenting are two very different things!

“I think you see things clearer as a teacher. You’re able to step back and evaluate things, but when it’s your own children, it’s hard to do the same!”

She is looking forward to starting her probation year at Glenbervie School in Drumlithie, which is just 10 minutes drive from her home.