So today, in core sessions....
It seems so far in core, both weeks have made me really reflect on why I'm being a teacher, and why I even chose the subject I did.
I had a pretty horrific time at school, and kept it to myself, I think to this day my family doesn't know the extent of what those people from that school made me feel. I was moved from my first secondary school for the same reasons, as well as the fact we didn't learn there, as the teachers had given up. I didn't want to be the new kid again. There is stuff I did, that I wont get into here really, but looking back..... I didnt want to be at school, but always did well in my exams and classwork. But I was reluctant to do homework, take part in anything, especially P.E. I gave up my one true love of singing at that school, I wouldn't take part in anything that would make me stand out more that I already did. I was quite at school and argumentative at home, I just remember hating everyone. And crying a lot, alone in my room. I had a few friends at school (of which I'm still in touch with ONE!)
I'm sure if you speak to my teachers, they don't remember me like this....but I was intelligent, so I think a lot of the time it goes unnoticed, i got very good at pretending everything was fine.....but I remember always being well behaved for science teachers, and my maths teacher Mr.Winchcombe, who I give sole credit for the strong person I am today.
My biology and chemistry teachers Dr. Chamber and Mr Davis (RIP) we're amazing. They inspired me to not be afraid to be intelligent and enjoy my subject, and I wanted to please them so much. Mr.W was amazing with my problems, the kids got worse and 6th form they loved the fact I was different, I dressed differently, I spoke differently, I was clever, I listened to different music. And I remember just feeling so low and depressed and dreaded going in.
But Mr. D and Mr. W just seemed to make everything better. Mr. D loved his subject....a love which he passed on to me, hence my reason for becoming a chemist. And Mr. W just had such a fantastic attitude, and was my favorite teacher, we had a special relationship, he was like a friend and mentor as well as a teacher. And its these people combined that have prompted me to be a teacher. And if I can be half the teacher these guys are....I will know I'm doing my job right. I just hope I can be even half the teachers they were! And inspire young people to pursue what they love, and not be afraid to be themselves and to never stop climbing to be all that they can be!
This ones for you Mr. D, I hope I've made you proud!