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From car mechanic to teacher | Dyslexic Inspirational Story


Birmingham Evening Mail published on August 18th 2005

Paul Reid lived and worked in Birmingham until he tragically died in a morobike accident late in 2005. In his short 40 years, Paul embraced life andat the age of 39, despite his dyslexia, he gained a teaching qualification. Paul took a keen interest in BeesTheWrongWayRound, and we are sure he would want his story here so that others can gain inspiration from it.

Paul Reid lived and worked in Birmingham until he tragically died in a morobike accident late in 2005. In his short 40 years, Paul embraced life andat the age of 39, despite his dyslexia, he gained a teaching qualification. Paul took a keen interest in our Dyslexic Project, and we are sure he would want his story here so that others can gain inspiration from it.

“TEACHING has changed so much over the years,” are the opening words from Paul Reid, a 39 year old from Perry Barr, when you ask him what he thinks of his new career.

“I really struggled when I was at school. It was differrent back then and admitting you had a problem understanding something wasn’t easy.'”

Paul was a car mechanic for 15 years before suffering from arthiritis and decided to change career.

“I loved mechanics so much that I decided that I wanted to teach others how to do it,” he explained.

Paul enrolled on a City and Guilds Further Education Teaching Course at Josiah Mason College in order to acquire the necessary skills and gain a teaching qualification.

Paul decided to go all the way and since completing his course he has progressed on to a Certificate in Education, a university qualification delivered at JMC in partnership with University College Worcester, which will make him a fully qualified full time teacher.

Shortly after embarking on this journey, he was offered a job as a mechanics tutor at Greensprings Training.

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