Meet Louise Bissatt, Teacher of Psychology
How did you get into teaching?
After studying Criminology and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, I became a Support Worker at a residential school for children with learning disabilities. Following this, I worked at a secondary school co-ordinating alternative provision and training for students who were at risk of being excluded. After this experience, I felt that I needed a different challenge and I was keen to get back into Psychology, so I decided to train as a Psychology Teacher.
What interests you about your area?
Psychology is a fascinating subject that allows you to gain a deeper insight into your own behaviour as well as other people’s. Clinical Psychology is an area that I am particularly interested in and I believe it is important in today’s society. I am passionate about raising the awareness of mental health and working on removing the stigma that surrounds it.
What is the most enjoyable thing about teaching your subject?
Studying Psychology at the UTC allows the students to develop their critical thinking skills, through lively discussion of the many debates that Psychology presents. I enjoy working with the students to explore their opinions on topics and helping them on their project work, as I get to see the positive impact this subject has had on them and the skills they develop from my lessons.
What are the benefits of studying at a UTC?
Benefits of studying at a UTC include working alongside other passionate, like-minded individuals on projects that encourage students to think outside of the box. The teachers care about each individual here and want every pupil to succeed. Studying at a UTC provides students with the opportunity to develop both academic and vocational skills that are crucial to allow them to enter the world of work. This, along with the strong links to employers is why I wanted to work at a UTC.
What are your quarantine top tips?
My top tip for getting through quarantine is to give yourself a goal each day, no matter how big or small. It’s important to plan something that you are going to achieve every day, as this will help you to maintain a positive mindset and having something to work towards will make you feel motivated. I’ve been doing lots of baking, which I’ve really enjoyed doing as it’s kept me busy and it’s great to learn a new skill!