Why did I become a teacher?
“The reason you become a teacher is to see that one moment where you see the improvement that a student has made.”
What inspires me to keep teaching?
“You just have that moment, when you see it in the student’s eyes, that they’ve got it. That’s where my passion comes from.”
How do I teach?
“It's OK to make mistakes, because that's how you learn. If you're not making mistakes, you're not learning anything.”
“People often say to me, ‘when are you happiest?’ I say, ‘when I’m teaching in the classroom.’”
“One of the reasons I became a teacher is because I wanted to help children grow up to be something special. I want to help them stand out.”
Christchurch, New Zealand
“I believe teaching is for me, and that I will be teaching for the rest of my life.”
Levin, New Zealand
“The most memorable student I've ever had was a seventy-seven year old who knew next to no English... he's really inspired my philosophy on teaching.”
“Being given a real life task, challenged to make mistakes… that way of learning means something tangible that you can take away.”
“They work really hard, so I work really hard. I work hard, and they work hard. So we can progress together.”
“There’s a saying, to teach is to learn. And I definitely believe that. After every class, I come away with something new.”
“One of my proudest moments in teaching was the first time I got the exam results back from students—and this was the first time any of them had passed.”
North Carolina, USA
“I love to see the excitement on the children’s faces when they see their teacher. There’s such a light in them, a curiosity.”