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Blackboard Awards 2023

Marina Fitzsimons, Cathedral Nursery School

Subject or Primary school year: Nursery School

Your place of birth: Belfast

Studied at: Belfast Met

First job: SEN Assistant

What it taught me: Every child is unique and blossoms in their own time. If children dont learn the way we teach, then we need to teach the way they learn.

Family/status: Mum to Harvey, Amelia and Kohen.

Best advice you could give someone thinking of a teaching career: Go for it! Working with children is such a fullfilling job. It's hard work but the difference you can make to a childs life is worth every second. Treat every child as an individual, adapt your learning environment so that each child blossoms to their full potential. Be prepared to work hard and the rewards will outweigh the challenges. Believe in yourself and have fun along the way.


After starting my own family i decided i wanted to work with children. I attended Belfast Met and during my course i was placed at Cathedral Nursery as a student, after a short time I then got a post as SEN Assistant this opened my eyes to a different world. To look at the world differently and help build a more inclusive society for individuals with additional needs. I wanted to be a positive role model in the lives of children everyday. I then became nursery assistant and have been there ever since. I love working with the children and families in the community. I love going to work and being greeted by 26 happy smiley faces everyday as the saying goes 'If you love what you do youll never work a day in your life.'

Blackboard Awards 2023