Chandré de Jager

Junior Primary HOD & Grade 2 Teacher

What made you decide to become a teacher? 
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher as I’ve enjoyed working with children from a very young age. I remember playing ‘school’ with my sisters and dollies in the garden.

What is your favourite subject to teach and why? 
I love teaching ‘reading’. To me it is just incredible to see the ‘light’ go on for children when reading has ‘clicked’, when children can say: ‘I know what that says…’  I love that feeling.

What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child? 
I absolutely adored my Grade 1 teacher. I will be able to recognise the smell of her perfume, anywhere.

What inspires you? 
Quite a few things inspire me… my relationship with God, my family, stories of people who have overcome obstacles, children with disabilities and weaknesses who never give up.

What song do you know all the lyrics to? 
I’m pretty sure I know all the ABBA songs off by heart – that totally gives away my age.

What would we be surprised to learn about you? 
I was in New York, at the World Trade Centre, one week before September 11th. I have the most beautiful photographs of the building.

If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them? 
I would take students to Washington DC, to visit the Smithsonian. It offers 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall, rich in history and architecture.