Deborah has been with Sunderland College for almost 30 years and began her career in the hairdressing industry working Saturdays at a salon while at school.
Describing herself as caring, supportive and fair, Deborah became a teacher so the next generation could benefit from her skills and knowledge.
I started working for Sunderland College in in 1992 as a Technician in Hairdressing/Beauty at the Shiney Row, Campus, then became a Curriculum Support Officer at Shiney Row and Hylton Centre.
I moved to Tutorial as a Personal Tutor before being appointed Curriculum Leader for the department.
Now I am Currriculum Manager for Hair, Barbering and Beauty at City Campus.
Alongside my hairdressing qualifications I have a CertEd and BEd in teaching as well as taking various courses to support my career development.
I started working in hairdressing at 14 (Saturday job) and then at 16 I started an apprenticeship. I stayed at the salon for a further four years.
I lead and manage the Hair, Barbering & Beauty curriculum at the college’s City Campus.
I wanted to pass on my skills and knowledge to the next generation.
I get great satisfaction watching our learners achieve.
Results day when I was a personal tutor for A-Levels students who were accepted onto university courses.
The wonderful team I work with.
Education gives people choices.
Helping our learners succeed.
A Saturday job in a salon when I was 14.
Their lecturers and tutors.
My PE teacher at school, Mrs Henderson, pushed me out of my comfort zone.
Work hard and you can achieve anything.
Caring, supportive and fair.
Don’t be frightened to give it a go.
Being outdoors, keeping fit and healthy.