Emily Walles-Butler (formerly Butler) studied at Thomas Gainsborough Sixth Form between 2011-2013. Since leaving TGS she has followed her heart and taken advantage of some fantastic opportunities which have lead her to her current career as a teacher in an International school. Read her story below....
At TGS I studied Geography, Psychology and Sociology at A-level. I particularly enjoyed Geography so went on to study at Canterbury Christ Church University. Whilst at university I realised I had a keen passion for my subject and making a change, so I wanted to inspire others to enjoy the world we live in too, so I applied for a PGCE.
In the break between year 3 of uni and my PGCE, I travelled for 3 months which was exciting, and by the end of it I knew I wanted to do more! During my PGCE I was able to travel to India and teach young girls geography which was an amazing opportunity, here I realised I wanted to eventually end up teaching abroad.
After graduating from my teaching degree, I took on a position at a grammar school in Kent. Whilst here during the holidays I travelled to an orphanage in Malawi where I was able to teach the students English for 3 weeks, another amazing opportunity. After two years teaching in the UK, I realised I wanted to teach abroad, so I took the risk and now teach in an International School in Doha, Qatar where I have been for two years. I have absolutely loved international teaching so far and I am now taking on a role as Head of House which is really exciting! In the future, I hope to teach in other countries, I cannot imagine coming back to England now! I hope this inspires students to take a risk, see the world and always seek opportunities that challenge you.