How long have you been teaching for and what grades or subjects have you taught?
I have been teaching since 2010.
For the first three years I taught Year 3 then in 2013 I took a year off to travel.
While I was in the UK I did four days of relief work (just to try it). I returned to my school and taught Year 4, followed by 3/4 and I have Year 4 again this year.
Why did you become a teacher?
I was never going to be anything else.
I think I started ‘teaching’ my teddies when I was in Kindy.
I wanted to be around kids and have the opportunity to make a difference in some way.
What are 3 things that every teacher should have in their classroom?
- Plenty of whiteboard markers! Mine are always disappearing.
- A water bottle/thermos cup.
- Your own ‘stash’ of snacks. I usually have freddos and barley sugars in my desk drawer.
What’s the best part about your job?
There are so many great things about being a teacher and I don’t think I could ever truly put into words what makes it amazing.
It is a privilege to be in the presence of incredible young people.
Every single day is different and no matter how hard some days can be, there’s always a positive.
The parts that make me grateful for what I do are when I get to laugh with the kids, see their faces when we read an awesome book and all of those moments where you can see they’ve grown and are enjoying their success.
Tell us about the funniest thing that has happened to you at school.
I laugh a lot at school, whether it is with the kids or with my colleagues.
I can’t recall one particular thing but we keep saying we need to write some of these things down!
Your top 3 tips for a beginning teacher
- Ask for advice and help. Teachers are great at sharing ideas and resources.
- Subscribe to websites like Twinkl or TeachThis. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
- Find your balance. You have to look after yourself!
What does your teacher wardrobe consist of?
I have black skirts, pants and tights that I can then mix up with my brighter pieces.
I wear a lot of floral or striped prints and am partial to a little leopard.
I also like layering with blazers or vests.
What is the one item that every teacher must have in their wardrobe?
You can’t be on your feet all day without some comfortable, yet stylish shoes.
I also think that if you invest in a well-made coat with a good shape you won’t regret it.
Have you ever had a teaching fashion faux pas?
I am sure there’s been plenty.
I look back on some of those old class photos and wonder what I was thinking.
If you weren’t a teacher you would be a
I love animals and interior design. I think I’d either be working in an animal shelter or have a house staging business.