Emma Erasmus

Specialist Design & Technology, and Learning Support Teacher

What made you decide to become a teacher? 

During high school, I was set on becoming a physiotherapist and pursuing a medical career path, where I did my work experience at a physiotherapy practise as well as in a radiography department at a hospital. However, I started with a BSc Biological Science degree in my first year of varsity at TUKS in the hope that it would open other doors. I passed all the modules, but I did not enjoy it one bit. Towards the end of my first year of varsity, I became extremely worried about the way forward as I did not want to pursue the BSc and I had formed ‘tunnel vision’, where I seemed to have ‘blinkers’ on towards other career paths and felt trapped in the one that I had already started. In September of my first year, I sat in my older brother’s ‘res’ room saying, “I don’t know what I am going to do!” His girlfriend at that time was in her final year of her teaching degree and my brother said to me, “Why don’t you combine your passion for helping others with your passion for children and go into teaching?” Until that point, I had not considered this career option. Once I reflected on this discussion with my brother, a new career aspiration was born, where I am now a qualified teacher, passionate about remedial education and in the process of completing my Advanced Diploma in Remedial Education through the University of Johannesburg.

What is your favourite subject to teach and why? 

Maths is my favourite subject to teach. I have always loved working with numbers and Maths was a favourite subject for me all through my schooling career, until Applied Calculus arrived in first year varsity… well, then it was a different story! Maths is a very rewarding subject to teach as there are many ‘lightbulb moments’ when a concept suddenly clicks with a child and they get so excited! It is through these moments that I strive to instil a love for Maths in the children who I have the privilege of teaching.   

What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child? 

One of my first memories from going to school as a child was when I was at Hilton Pre-Primary and the fire brigade came to visit. The firemen and the bright red fire engine seen in story books suddenly came to life and playing in the firefighting foam was a complete thrill at four years old. Needless to say, ‘stop, drop and roll’ was never forgotten.   

What is one of your hidden talents? 

I play the flute, which is an instrument very close to my heart. I have also taught myself how to do gel nails and I love spending time on weekends experimenting with colours and designs.   

What song do you know all the lyrics to?

Most of the ABBA songs – you will always catch me singing along to them! ABBA is definitely a firm family favourite!

What would we be surprised to learn about you? 

I was a ballerina for thirteen years. At the age of four, I asked my parents if I could do ‘ba-leg’. They were unsure of how serious I was about this or if I even knew what ‘ba-leg’ was. By the time I got to the age of six and I was still begging for ballet lessons, my parents realised it was something I really, really wanted to do and so my dancing career on the stage was born. The many different costumes and sparkly tutus hanging side-by-side in my cupboard will always bring back the fondest memories of my childhood, my dancing days!    

What book are you currently reading? 

I am reading the book called ‘Steve and Me’. It is about Steve Irwin’s life and is written by his wife, Terry. I loved watching ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ as a child and his story, understanding of and relationships with animals has always fascinated me.