Angela Bate at an awards event with one of her English course students
Angela Bate, from Fircroft College of Adult Education, knows only too well what it’s like to fight your way back from the bottom. Suffering in an abusive relationship that left her as a single parent with three children, she now gives students like former drug and alcohol addict Eddie Roche (see last month’s Student Journey) the confidence and skills to build a teaching career for themselves.
What got Angela into teaching? “It’s partly my subject and partly the people I teach. I was once like the students we support here. I put myself through university but couldn’t afford to eat at times. Now it’s almost like full circle. My key subject is English but I also lead the Access to HE course which I once attended myself. I understand where most of my students are coming from – and they get it that I understand.”