What inspired you to become a teacher?
When I was younger, I taught dancing, which was my way in to working with children and teaching. I always loved to see that lightbulb moment when the students understood something, or just when they enjoyed coming to class and learning something new. Once I finished school and dancing, I knew I really wanted to have a career in teaching in some way, so I went to University and have loved it ever since! It’s definitely a really rewarding job.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I think just working in a new environment, meeting new people and learning a lot more about teaching. Of course, you learn a lot at university but actually being in the classroom and learning from other teachers, seeing what strategies work and don’t work with the kids is very different to learning on paper.
What do you think is going to be your greatest challenge?
I think because of the role I’m in at the moment, where I teach both year one and preschool, that my greatest challenge is going to be keeping routines, schedules and staying organised. I’ve got to make sure I’m up to date with all my documentation at the preschool, and then that I’m also prepped and ready to go for year one as well. I’m not always the most organised, so I’ve got to make sure I’m using my time correctly!
What has been the best part of teaching so far?
It's been really good; I've enjoyed it so much. It's so nice to make those relationships and communicate with the kids, and they're always so happy! It's nice to know they're comfortable in the environment and they're enjoying the learning. I think that’s been the best part so far.
What is the best piece of teaching advice that you’re received?
In general, you get a lot of advice! But probably the best advice I’ve heard is to not be too hard on yourself and to not let the little things get you down. Something might go wrong and to you, it will feel like a big deal, but 20 of your students had a great time and understood what you’re teaching, while only one or two struggled with the concept. Don’t stress too much, because they’ll get there in the end.