What made you decide to become a teacher?
It wasn’t my first choice! I had been accepted into both Industrial Psychology Honours and an HDE (PGCE). I was keen for the Psychology. But the long arm of the law and the one holding the purse strings (my loving father), said he was paying for teaching and I was going to be a teacher. If I wanted to do psychology, I was to pay for myself … the rest is History.
What is your favourite subject to teach and why?
I have taught History for the past 20 years and have loved it. I am by no means a Historian but love teaching and getting the kids excited about learning. So, teaching is my passion and just being in the classroom is what makes me get a kick out of my day. It is a serious dopamine rush. A day well spent is being in that classroom. At the moment, I think I am having more fun teaching Grade 5M Maths than the kids and can’t wait to get to class.
What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child?
To be honest, in Grade One I hated aftercare and I used to love getting one over the teachers by hiding in the hedge for an hour or two until my lift arrived.
I think my favourite thing must be the friends we made; especially in the Boarding House. We were only allowed out two weekends a term and became really close to each other. Even now we keep in contact and pick up from where we left off the last time even though most of them are now overseas. The memories we made might be a story for another day!
What inspires you?
My God, My Wife and My 3 Daughters. They give me identity in life and purpose for living. I am also inspired on the odd occasion by ‘FREE CHOW!’
What song do you know all the lyrics to?
‘While you were sleeping’ – by Mercy Me
It is a modern day take on ‘O little town of Bethlehem’, and just talks about us missing out on what Jesus has to offer us and how in life we are too busy focusing on other things, and often miss out. It warns us to be awake and not to miss out on what he has to offer us.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
What book are you currently reading?
It depends on the mood, I have a few next to my bed.
‘Adrift on the Open Veld’; a trilogy written by one of SA’s unsung heroes Deneys Reitz
‘A School Where I Belong: Creating Transformed and Inclusive South African Schools’; by Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg and Jonathan Jansen
If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
To Calcutta, India to do mission work with the Missionaries of Charity religious congregation established by Mother Teresa. To do some work as Missionaries and care for those way less fortunate.