After leaving Trinity University in Leeds with a degree in Education, Carol spent her early teaching career as a PE teacher/ Head of Department in a large, diverse, semi-rural comprehensive school just outside of London.
During this time, she gained a Masters Education from Durham University and trained to be a counsellor and psychotherapist. Carol then moved back to the North East where she spent some time as a senior manager in FE looking after student mental health and students with special needs.
She then spent the next 15 years as Deputy Head then Head of a secondary school inside a secure unit. Carol says that her greatest achievement in this role was taking the unit from special measures to outstanding in 4 years.
During this time, she was an active school governor and Chair of governors at Roseberry Community College until it closed in 2013.
Carol is now an assistant professor/semi-retired, working part-time at Durham University training tomorrow's teachers.
Carol lives with her partner within the school catchment area and spends her leisure time cycling, playing netball, going on holiday, and upcycling furniture!