Tammy Raw

Head of Learning Support and Remedial Therapist

What made you decide to become a teacher? 
To be completely honest. I don’t know. I remember in matric I wanted to become a psychologist or a lawyer, but I didn’t think I was bright enough…I knew I wanted to help people… Then one day at school, The Johannesburg College of Education came to our school. At morning line up we were asked to put up our hands if we wanted to study teaching and attend a meeting at break. The next thing I knew my hand was up and I went to the meeting. I never ended up applying to JCE, but I applied to Rhodes university. I thought I hadn’t got in because I never received any notification so in a scramble, I applied to Varsity College to do a BA. The day before orientation was about to start, Rhodes University called to ask why I hadn’t responded and that I had in fact been accepted to Rhodes to do a BRIM ED degree. I had 3 days to decide. 4 days later I was in Grahamstown and started my degree. I think it was a ‘Godincidence’ as I don’t believe in coincidences

What is your favourite subject to teach and why? 

I enjoy teaching English and Mathematics as well as study skills in Geography, Science and History. I love to see the subjects ‘come alive.’ I love seeing hoe children grow and develop their understanding and vocabulary. That ‘Ah-Ha’ moment is priceless.

What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child? 
In Grade 2 our teacher always put a special gift on our desks when it was our birthday…She loved the colour green, She wore green eye shadow and had a green car and loved wearing green clothes.

What inspires you? 
Children inspire me to be better and do better, to keep learning, keep growing.

What song do you know all the lyrics to
Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden.

What book are you currently reading? 
Ian Rankin – The Black Book and Victim of Grace, Robin Gunn.

If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them? 

I would take them to Norway. To see the Northern lights, go dog sledding, see ice hotels and the rugged countryside. Such different climate and terrain and sports. It’s a dream of mine to see the Northern Lights.