Holly was a full-time teacher in a religious-affiliated school and single mother with pre-school age children. She began her PhD in a local university in North America to get her ‘brain back,’ while continuing to work full-time to make ends meet. In 2006 when she began to participate in the Canadian research program, she was working on her dissertation. She hoped for a teaching-only university position afterwards. She graduated when she was in her mid-to-late-30s. By the study’s end her probationary appointment had become permanent and she was confident about her identity as an academic.
What struck us about Holly’s story was:
Being a single parent and re-locating with family.
Financial issues during the degree and managing teaching responsibilities in her post.
Choosing a teaching career during degree and dealing with lack of career development structure in her position.