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Caroline uses her talents to pursue dual career plans


Caroline and June with the books and soft toys, in the allotment behind St Mary's Primary School

Currently studying with the University of Cumbria through its Tower Hamlets campus, Caroline, from Hornchurch in Essex, is determined to succeed as a teacher to give her students  an exciting, challenging and pleasurable experience and show them that they can achieve anything they wish for with determination and hard work. She is currently enrolled on the Graduate Teaching Programme which enables her to qualify as a teacher via a rigorous year of teaching practice at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Hornchurch, while she is supported in her training by lecturers and tutors from the University of Cumbria, who provide the foundation of knowledge, teaching theory and skills necessary for her proposed career.

However, Caroline also has another ambition which she is well on the way to achieving. Her first book "Constable Colin the Carrot and the Case of the Missing Petits Pois" has been published and is available to purchase from 6 February.

Caroline and her sister, June, worked in partnership to create the book (with June writing and Caroline illustrating/ designing) and the pair have a further five books in the World of Little Eden series almost ready for publication, with an additional twenty titles in the pipeline. The books centre on a range of vegetable characters and their adventures in their natural environment, with an underlying purpose of teaching young children about the advantages of healthy eating.

Caroline says: "We would like to get our books into every bookshop and supermarket promoting healthy eating and grow awareness amongst young children of the benefits of fruit and vegetables. The stories are fiction but introduce children to the real properties and environments that fruit and vegetables grown in. My sister and I worked on this project from conception to completion and I loved working in partnership with her. I have also made a series of soft toys to accompany the books which I would like to see put in production."

Caroline is no stranger to the publishing world as before enrolling with the University of Cumbria, she was Senior Art Editor at Penguin Books , a role that influenced her decision to pursue teaching as a career."My former employer is a world leader in the provision of quality, educational books and its core values are based on ‘helping people make progress in their lives through learning’. If our range of books can achieve this we'll be more than satisfied!"

Constable Colin the Carrot and the Case of the Missing Petits Pois can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

For more information on Caroline's course at the University of Cumbria, go to the Graduate Teacher Programme page or email enquiriescentre@cumbria.ac.uk.


Posted on Thursday 3 November 2011