Teacher of the week: Motivated by my learners

By admin
05 May 2014

Our teacher of the week says she is fascinated with the idea of making a difference in the lives of young adults.

Name and age:

Cindy Harris, 34

What and where do you teach?

I am the Head of Mathematics at Westering High School

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

After completing a BSC at university, I was fascinated and slightly obsessed with the idea of making a difference in the lives of young adults. I chose to follow this passion by completing my teaching diploma.

Give 3 tips for other teachers in your field.

  1. Always stay positive, and even when you feel like giving in. Remember your obligation to your learners.
  2. Involve yourself in as much extra-curricular activities as possible, the children love to see you supporting them.
  3. You have to exercise and stay healthy. Teaching is an extremely stressful and demanding job, take care of yourself!

Give 3 tips for new teachers in any subject or grade

  1. Take every opportunity you get to learn anything. Get involved with extra-curricular, take charge of a sport or event.
  2. Add a few new ideas in any area that you are involved in at the school.
  3. Attend as many seminars and professional development courses as you can....fill that CV!

What motivates you?

I am totally motivated by my learners. Mathematics is very challenging and nothing is more motivating than seeing a learner achieve! From the top achievers  to the non-achievers.......nothing beats a child that puts efforts into their work and achieves their goal! I am so moved when a learner who leaves matric, comes back and tells me that I have made an impact on their lives.

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