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From as far back as I can recall I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and my own schooling experiences have undoubtedly shaped the teacher I am today. I was extremely fortunate to have lots of wonderful teachers throughout my schooling years, primary and secondary, who together sparked my imagination, creativity and gave me a real love for learning. These teachers showed me that through their careful guidance and understanding anything was possible. Their secret was to get to know me and all the children in their class as a real little people, not just numbers on a list. They really cared about me and it was that feeling of them willing me to succeed and reach my full potential that I can still remember now! Of course I had some not so brilliant teachers, shall we say, along the way and these too were invaluable in showing me how NOT to do it! The difference a good teacher can make to a child’s life is immense.
I was particularly interested in the early years and the way young children learn, so much so, that when I left school I originally trained as a Nursery nurse as my pathway into teaching. I gained my BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree with one year specialising in Early Years education in 2005 and soon began my teaching career at Glastonbury Thorn School. Never did I think that I would still be teaching there to this day!
Glastonbury has a special magic to it, as a teacher it is a wonderful place to work, we are a real teaching and learning family. I love to teach creatively, making learning fun and come alive for children and at Glastonbury Thorn this has always been at the forefront of what we do, which is why I am proud to say I am still here doing what I love. In 2008 I won the SSAT award for Outstanding New Teacher within the East of England region whilst teaching my Foundation Stage class which was wonderful recognition not only for myself and the children but the whole Glastonbury family. We are a team and we all deserved that award!
I have my own children now and see teaching from a whole new perspective. I hear the insights into what they like and dislike and it has given me even more conviction to be the best teacher I can be. Teaching is a privilege, I believe that every child is gifted and talented in some way, it is my job to find out how and watch them soar!
I have always enjoyed going to school. I moved to Milton Keynes from London when I was 6 years old, and went to a school called Castles Infant School in Bletchley. As I was 6, I didn’t spend very long there, but do remember thinking how quiet the school was compared to the one I had left.
My next school was Rickley Lane Junior School in Bletchley. I loved the whole community feel of the school. We had four coloured ‘houses’, which were like teams. Everyone in the school belonged to one of them, and were able to earn points for being good learners, like the ‘green’ learners at Glastonbury Thorn. The points were added up at the end of each half term and everyone from the winning team got a special treat – usually an extra playtime. I has some wonderful teachers. Mr Bee was so kind and patient when he taught us maths, always encouraging us to keep trying and never give up until we had tried every possibility. Miss Brown was an enthusiastic music teacher. Music was my favourite subject. I learnt to play the recorder and read music, which gave me many wonderful opportunities to play music and sing with groups of children from other schools. As the years passed I learnt to play a range of instruments and through this, I made many friends and had some exciting adventures. Music is still part of my life – I now play in a band and continue to have fun playing music with some of the friends I have made.
As an adult, I became a teaching assistant in the school my daughter attended – Shepherdswell School in Springfield. I really enjoyed helping the children with their learning, particularly the children who came into school from other cultures, some of them speaking very little English. It was interesting supporting them in their first language. Making resources in two languages meant that I was learning too.
When I came to work at Glastonbury Thorn School I soon realised what a special place it was. All the staff were so supportive and caring of children and colleagues alike, with a real love of learning which was fostered in the children. It was during this time that I was inspired to develop my role, and decided to train to be a teacher. Unfortunately, once my training was complete, there were no positions available so I went to start my teaching career in another school. This allowed me to gain experience teaching slightly older children and fortunately, work within another dedicated team. When a post became available at Glastonbury Thorn School in 2013, I decided to apply and happily, have been here since. While there have been some changes over the years, the ethos has remained the same. I am proud to be part of Glastonbury Thorn School.