How I found my vocation: ‘My stammer made me a better teacher’

I was told to consider a different career – but it’s good for students to see that we’re real people too

I knew I wanted to teach from the age of 15 but feared my stammer would stop me. One teacher even told me I should consider a different career because children wouldn’t understand me. I now know he was wrong.

I’ve had a stammer since I was 14 and it has given me many obstacles to overcome. In primary school I was mocked and other children would sometimes imitate me. As a result, I refused to put my hand up in lessons. I was scared of what people would say.

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