Taryn Nel

Grade 3 Teacher

What made you decide to become a teacher? 
After I matriculated, I attended UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, still quite unsure of what I wanted to do. I completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology, then headed overseas for a while. Whilst I was there, I helped in a day care and soon realised that working with children was exactly what I wanted to do. I returned home and completed my teaching qualification.

What is your favourite subject to teach and why? 
All of them! I feel that it is not what you are teaching, but it is the time spent with the children that is the best part of my day!

What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child? 
I remember my first day of Class 1 (Grade 1) so clearly. I was absolutely terrified, but I was welcomed by the warmest, kindest teacher and that is exactly how I would like to be remembered.

What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom? 
Life at the Nel household is quite busy! I have 3 amazing children of my own and my time is dictated by their busy schedules when I am not at school. When a most-welcome bit of time off pops up, one of my favourite things to do is make a cup of tea, lie on a blanket in my garden and read my book. That usually ends up with the children (or our crazy dog) drinking my tea, climbing all over me and lying on my blanket…but I love it!

What song do you know all the lyrics to? 
Plenty! My husband, Nick, loves to play his records on his record player so there is always music blaring at home. After the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, he went through quite a phase of Queen…I think I now know just about every Queen song out there!

What book are you currently reading? 
I have terrible taste in books! The soppier the better. I love easy-reading, romantic novels. Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Lucinda Riley, Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes… anything with a happy ending!

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class?
My mornings are a bit crazy… the constant reminding my kids to get dressed, eat breakfast, stop playing etc! But because I live in Pietermaritzburg, I have a glorious 20 minute drive to work all by myself in absolute silence! That is when I think about the day ahead and I arrive feeling calm and peaceful.