Teacher of the week: The slightest progress motivates me

By admin
15 July 2014

Our teacher of the week motivates her learners and her passion for education has rubbed off on three of her own children.

Our teacher of the week is the headmistress of Up with Downs, in George, a school for learners with special needs. She motivates her learners and her passion for education has rubbed off on three of her own children.

Name and age

Mariëtte Jacobs (55)

What and where do you teach?

I’m the headmistress of Up with Downs, in George. It’s a school for learners with special needs. I also teach numeracy, literacy and life skills.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I love children and want to make a difference in othes’ lives

Give three tips to other teachers who teach your subjects:

  1. Those who teach disabled learners must have plenty of love and patience.
  2. Keep to a fixed routine in the classroom.
  3. Apply discipline co0nsistently.

Give three tips to new teachers in any subject/grade:

  1. Be consistent.
  2. Your yes must be yes and your no, no.
  3. Always be prepared.

What is your favourite technological aid or book to use in the class?

I use my iPad, the weather board and the alphabet.

What motivates you as a teacher?

The slightest progress in each of my learners.

Three of your children are also in education. What do they do?

Jolette (29) is an au pair, Lizelle (25) is a high school teacher and Lomari (24) is an assistant at Up with Downs.

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