How long have you been teaching at Trinity College?
I’ve been teaching at Trinity College for 32 years. When I started at Trinity in 1987, I told my partner with some disbelief that there were teachers at Trinity who had been there for over 10 years, now she takes great delight in reminding me how long I’ve been here. It is a bit of a worry that I am now teaching the sons of students who I taught when I started at Trinity. It may be time to hang up the old boots!!!
I began in the Junior School, which was then located in what B Block, and have spent 29 years teaching Years 4-6. In 2016, I moved into the Secondary School to teach Religious Education. I’ve always enjoyed and still enjoy teaching at Trinity.
Can you describe one of your fondest memories as a teacher at Trinity?
There have been many memorable teaching moments over the years. One that sticks in my mind is when I was being very animated reading a story to the class and our class budgie came and sat on my shoulder. The boys were accustomed to this ritual until the budgie bit me in the neck. Well, the rest is written in history!
Who/what inspired you to be a teacher?
I was inspired to become a teacher by a few wonderful teachers I had at school. Growing up in South Africa I felt that I could give something back to the community by encouraging students to develop a love for learning. It was impressed on me at a very young age that something that cannot be taken away from you is your education. We adopted the slogan by the philosopher, Jean Jacque Rousseau ‘Educate to Liberate.’ Hopefully this has filtered through to some of my students.
Outside of teaching, what do you most enjoy doing?
Outside of teaching, I enjoy entertaining, cooking, travelling and spending time with my family. I look forward to a few more years at Trinity.