Victoria undertook her MA degree in Archaeology at University of Reading after completing a BA in History at UCLA.
After starting a job as a teaching assistant (TA) at a school, it became apparent quite fast that teaching was something she wanted to pursue. The school Victoria worked in had a lot of Institute of Education, University of Reading alumnae who spoke highly of the Institute of Education. It was because of this that Victoria decided to attend an open day.
"The open day really impressed me and confirmed what I had heard through word of mouth. I was particularly captivated by the lecturer's subject knowledge and that they were open to the fact that coming from America I didn't necessarily know of the UK processes such as GCSEs and A- levels in depth yet."
As part of the programme Victoria was able to go on two school placements. When speaking of these placements she said:
"It was great to experience pupils with varied abilities and behaviour patterns. The first was a comprehensive in Slough and the second was a nearby grammar school. Both allowed me to see how different places operate and provided different challenges to achieving learning outcomes for me."
In terms of any lecturers that stood out, Victoria spoke very highly of the subject leader. 'He is the bread and butter of the programme. Module progression was excellent and well thought out. I felt supported at every step of my learning, in particular planning and creating resources. The subject lead gave us a lot of tools that I still draw on today."
When asked about London Road campus specifically Victoria said "it has everything you need and provides a perfect little community with the onsite learning hub, Dairy pub and even a museum."
Victoria now works as a subject tutor teaching modern history, government and politics at a 6th Form College. In the future she hopes to improve the structure at the school she works in and become a head of a department.