Sarah Simons

A real-life elevator pitch

For this actor-turned-lecturer, a brush with fame brings a bad week to a satisfying close

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It’s been a difficult week for my ego. Occasionally, we all encounter tricky teaching situations, and students who make us question our skills and our life choices. At the start of the week, I felt like a rubbish teacher. That’s a problem because a fair chunk of my identity is pinned on being a good one.

For the first few years of my FE career, mates from my showbiz past as a soap actor thought I was either having a breakdown or engaging in immersive method acting. They could not conceive of me choosing this job.

I loved showbiz. I’ve had big nights out with film stars, lost weekends with the ...

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