Sidonie Cumberland

I began my educational journey by studying Geography at the University of Sheffield, followed by an MA in Housing Management. This led me to work in some challenging social housing estates including Bolton, The Wirral and ultimately Stockport.

Following the birth of our children, I spent several years working as a child minder, before deciding to enter the teaching profession. I attended Hope University and gained my PGCE. Our children have now left home and are pursuing their own careers, but are based around the Peak District which gives us opportunities to meet for exercise and picnics.

Initially, I was employed at Prestbury as a 1:1 TA with Menna Fitzpatrick. She is now Britain’s greatest winter Paralympian. I remember her telling me at a very young age that her ambition was to ski at the Olympics. With determination and drive she achieved and exceeded her goals.

My next opportunity was to join the teaching staff as a teacher in Early Years.

I am passionate about children receiving a good foundation in education. My early career experiences helped mould my desire to work with children to enable them to achieve their full potential. Every day is a new adventure with young children and their enthusiasm is contagious. I particularly love the Christian celebrations of Easter and Christmas when their excitement is just wonderful.

My favourite part of the curriculum is the outdoor learning aspect. This reflects my own love of the outdoors. In my spare time, I am a keen mountain walker and am currently tackling the Wainwright Peaks of the Lake District, The Pennine Way and Pembroke Coastal Path as time and opportunity arise. I can also be found out in the Peak District on my mountain bike, probably covered in mud. At home the garden is my sanctuary and pride and joy.

Shine…
Let your light shine that people may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven
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