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.

Caring, supportive and fair.

Don’t be frightened to give it a go.

Being outdoors, keeping fit and healthy.