Career change leads to school

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A mum of three teenagers is hoping to guide young people to help them make the right choices.

Tadcaster Grammar welcomed Nancy Budler as new head of sixth form and she revealed that a change in career led her to teaching.

Born in Quantico, Virginia during the Vietnam War, Ms Budler moved every three years or so, because her Dad was a marine.

“I visited England during the summer before Year 13 and decided that I would like to try and attend University here,” said Ms Budler.

“I attended Hull University and loved every minute,” she added.

“I had no intention of teaching at that point and I returned, rather fed up, to Alaska with my parents. I was there for 18 months and performed a crazy variety of jobs, one of which was a teaching assistant.

“Much to my surprise, I discovered that I loved the idea of teaching,” she added.

Ms Budler returned to England, attending Leeds University to study a PGCE in History where she met her other half, secured several jobs, had four children and

then worked at Brighouse High School for 20 years.

“I loved every minute of my time at Brighouse, but after 20 years I felt I had done what I could do there and wanted a new challenge, so to be given the opportunity of leading the Sixth Form at Tadcaster Grammar School was perfect,” said Ms Budler.

While she admits that she never had the notion that she could change someone’s life, she feels that being able to help them and guide them is exciting and inspirational and hopefully inspirational for them too.

“I think that post 16 young people are facing the greatest challenges and decisions,” said Ms Budler. “They are at the crossroads of their lives and so to be able to be part of that, help them and guide them is exciting and inspirational.

“The most important aspect of my new role is my relationships, whether it be with the students, or my colleagues, and I am embracing building new relationships as I grow with the role,” stated Ms Budler.

“Everyone has been very kind in welcoming me here and helping me to settle into the Tadcaster Grammar School family and I am looking forward to helping these young people make some of the most important choices of their lives.”

Ms Budler is a History teacher, a role she will continue at Tadcaster. “I am a passionate historian and never want to lose that, so it is important that I combine the teaching role with the Head of Sixth Form,” she stressed.

Ms Budler also has her vision for Tadcaster Grammar School clearly in her sights: “I want all the children to have ‘bounceback ability’ – be resilient to strive and exceed everything they think they can possibly do.

Her motto is: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!”

Tadcaster Grammar School will hold a Sixth Form Evening on Tuesday November 24 from 5.30 to 8pm. Visitors can meet Nancy Budler and Headteacher Martyn Sibley at 5.30pm in the Main Hall.

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