Studying locally at Leeds Trinity University, Alicia’s degree in Supporting Young People, Families and Children, only goes to further demonstrate her unwavering commitment to giving every child the best possible chance, every day.
Alicia has worked in education for over 15 years. She originally was employed by Parklands Girls High School, which transitioned to a coeducational school and then evolved into the White Rose Academies Trust.
In her early years of employment, Alicia supported the inclusion team as a Teaching Assistant; specialising in Performing Arts. Alicia took a keen interest into pastoral responsibilities, before then moving on to become a Year Manager. Over time, Alicia took on additional responsibilities, such as transition and attendance.
In the 2017/2018 academic year, Alicia was employed as an Attendance Leader and transformed attendance from 93.9% to 94.5% at Leeds East Academy. 2018 saw Alicia join the Senior Leadership team as Associate Assistant Principal, ahead of becoming Assistant Principal in 2019.
In more recent times, Alicia has been spearheading Empower, a programme which enables young women across the White Rose Academies Trust to be strong-minded, brave, influential leaders who are proud of who they are.
Commenting on the achievement, Alicia said: “I achieved a 77.5/100 First-Class Honours Degree – achieving an 85 as my highest assignment mark. I am the first person in my family to achieve this, and it's an achievement I am very proud of.
“As a child I was raised in the Seacroft area and was faced with many challenges that were beyond my control, however I have used my adverse childhood experiences to shape the person I am today; both professionally and personally.
“I live by my favourite quote: ' I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become'.”
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