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Blackboard Awards 2023

Emma Power, St Louise’s Comprehensive College

Subject or Primary school year: Year 12 Assistant 

Your place of birth: Belfast

Studied at: St Louise’s Comprehensive College

First job: B&M

What it taught me: At the age of 16 I got my first job in retail, this job made me realise I enjoyed helping others and problem solving. 

Family/status: Single 

Best advice you could give someone thinking of a teaching career: When coming into the teaching career you need to understand that every child that crosses your path has a unique and individual story, Patience is key and each child deserves an equal opportunity in education despite any disadvantages or set backs. 

My name is Emma and I’m currently a Special educational needs assistant in St Louise’s. I attended St Louise’s from 2014 to 2021 as a pupil. During my second year of GCSEs I fell pregnant aged 16 with my son, despite this I carried on and achieved amazing results. I then continued on to complete my Alevels. The support that the teachers and staff in St Louise’s gave me throughout this time was amazing and has inspired me in my job today. When I was given the opportunity to join the St Louise’s team as a member of staff rather than a pupil I was delighted. Knowing that I can impact a child’s life and help them through their stages of life brings me a great level of achievement. Seeing the pupils that I work with in St Louise’s realise the strengths and capabilities that they have due to encouragement and support only inspires me to take my career further and hopefully go on to teach.  

Blackboard Awards 2023