Bingham teacher who has worked with Prince Harry launches The Tutor Boss for Newark-based children
A teacher who has worked on a project with Prince Harry is making a success of her own business against all the odds that 2020 stacked against her.
Like any new year it’s a golden opportunity for a fresh start, to try out something new and focus on future goals without looking back on the past.
For one former headteacher, the beginning of 2020 was not only a new year, but also a motivational turning point to implement positive and healthier changes in her life.
Christina Saccoh is successful teacher specialising in English and SEN for pupils in Newark and Bingham.
Over the last 17 years, she gained a headship, the first being only four years after qualifying, been an accomplished speaker motivating and raising the aspirations of students as well as women in business and to round it off, set up her own behavioural school from scratch.
The latter enabled her to support the work of one of Prince Harry’s Nottingham projects to improve opportunities to encourage young people involved in crime back into education.
A few years ago, a serious illness got the better of her, and she had no choice but to scale back her hours.
As a single mum she needed to find a way to supplement her income so, began tutoring English to primary and secondary kids, from home.
This sideline later became her company The Tutor Boss. As Christina got better, she returned to full-time teaching but kept the tutoring on the back burner as a back-up business and has now added other core subjects to her offering, including maths, history, business studies, biology, PE and BTEC level sport and sport science.
Christina, from Bingham, said: “I’m quite well known in my local community for being the teacher that gets results, by teaching outside of the box, with my innovative ways.
“I like to encourage students to think beyond what’s in front of their faces as well as building confidence, these skills are key to unlocking a child’s potential and just some of the many reasons my students do so well academically.
“As pupil numbers increased, I began to enjoy this form of teaching more and more plus the new work life balance fitted in well with family life.
“A few months into 2020 I thought ‘I’m going for it’ — then lockdown happened and I had to shield. It hit me like a ton of bricks and forced me to focus full-time on something that had been a side hustle.
“Lockdown meant schools and colleges suddenly closed. With the wonders of the internet and I had to learn fast, I turned my weekly classes online using Zoom and Facebook Live.
“From then on, and again by word of mouth this time particularly from many of my students, pupil count increased dramatically and I’ve literally not looked back.”