I saw a post come up from one of my twitter followers about their teaching inspirations and the hashtag #remarkablepeople
2 ladies immediately shot in to my mind and so in this post I intend to talk about them! They are worthy of note in my eyes at least.
The first is Rosy. Rosy worked at the school I did my NQT year with. She was the other reception teacher in the room that joined mine. She welcomed me with open arms on my first time to the school. Instantly a friendship was started. She was supportive and caring and thoughtful and helped me find my teaching feet. We shared planning and ideas, we laughed a lot and worked hard too. She taught me a lot about being a great early years teacher. Rosy gave lots of years to the school and to teaching as a whole. She took early retirement last year and is enjoying a well earned break. I only worked at the school for a year but we remain friends to this day. I have seen her many times and talked a lot. She has been a shoulder to cry on when times were tough and shared moments of joy too. Rosy was there when I got married and I was so thrilled that she was. Turns out we had a lot in common, her birthday is within days of my mum’s, they grew up v close to each other actually. Our love of our native Yorkshire is strong!
Thank you Rosy. You may not have been my official mentor but you taught me so much and I shall be forever greatful.
The second lady who shaped my teaching career is someone award winning! Pam won the lifetime achievement award at this year’s TES awards and what a worthy winner. Pam has dedicated her whole 39 years as a teacher to one school! Amazing. I have been lucky to work as a colleague and friend for the last 10 years since I started there. Right from the start we connected around the table in the staffroom, along with a small group of teachers and TAs. I am still good friends with these guys now. Pam has taught me so much about what a good special school teacher is. She’s taught me to look at things differently and look at everything with a learning opportunity or 3! Pam has seen many changes in the world of special education over her career but is always positive about the job. I’m not saying things aren’t tough sometimes, they are. However, Pam always sees the good. Pam’s attention to detail when working with the children with the most profound learning difficulties and physical difficulties is fantastic. The key points about positioning and seating have stuck deep in my head and heart. Her desire to continue to learn is fab, I know I’ve taught her quite a bit of ICT in the last few years at least! Pam retires in just over 1 week’s time and I shall miss her so so much, both professionally and personally. Her happy smiling face and that professional person to talk through issues will be a sad loss for me and for the whole school community. I am so thankful that I will get to see her socially outside of school. I’ve already joked that she needs to come and sort my garden out and teach me a thing or two there.
Thanks Pam, for everything!