Teacher of the Month
June 2021

The certificate is in the frame and ready to be presented to Mrs Howe at Western Primary School next week, we have a present for her too, but don’t tell her, that’s secret! Tell us why your teacher should be awarded the July Teacher of the Month accolade and we could be visiting your school soon!

Mrs Howe, our winner of Teacher of the Month, teaches Year 3 at Western Primary School and has been teaching for 10 years. Her pupils have described her as “loving and kind” and “beautiful on the inside and out”. Mrs Howe is a teacher that genuinely listens and cares deeply about the children she teaches. Even though her pupils say that sometimes she tells bad jokes, she makes learning funny and exciting and she is always there to help when things go wrong, making sure that they’re alright no matter what: 

“The thing I have loved about Year 3 is knowing if you don’t get things right one day you’ll get it. Mrs Howe taught me that!” 

We were lucky enough to ask Mrs Howe some questions about her experience as a teacher, what it’s taught her, and what advice she would give! 

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher?  

When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to complete some work experience at a school in North Tyneside. It was this work experience that made me want to be a teacher. I loved being in the classroom environment and working with children, it just felt like that was where I was supposed to be. I didn’t actually fulfil my dream until I was 25 after working for 5 years in banking. 

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a teacher? 

Seeing the progress the children make and seeing the impact on the wider family when a child succeeds and develops. 

What’s the most challenging thing about being a teacher? 

There are never enough hours in the day and the job is never done. You always have a feeling that you want to do more!

Could you guess how many students you have taught? 

I have been teaching for about ten years now, so if each class has an average of about 30 children, I make that approximately 300!

What’s your favourite subject to teach?

I have a real passion for History, this is definitely my favourite subject to teach. I am absolutely fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians and have been since I first saw the mummy at the Great North Museum when I was a small child!

What makes a good teacher? 

I think that a good teacher is someone who cares about each and every child in their class, shows patience and is committed to making a difference to all of the children in their care. Children really appreciate humour in the classroom so I also think a good teacher can have a bit of a giggle with your class!

Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school and why? 

My favourite teacher was Mrs Lis, she was my Sociology teacher at high school. She had a way of making things I was finding difficult really simple. I truly felt like she believed in me and I definitely worked harder for her because of this! 

Did you enjoy school?

I loved primary school and have so many fond memories. My favourite ones tended to involve History! I loved dressing up in the traditional Ancient Greek dress and dressing as a Victorian to go to Cragside. I also remember being very pleased I didn’t have to go to school in the past after a trip to Beamish. The teacher was very scary! 

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you? 

I love to take part in Crossfit and many of the people who inspire me are from this sport. I admire them because they show mental toughness when faced with challenges, always try their very best and have a very positive and encouraging attitude towards others. Sara Sigmunsdottir and Tia Toomey are my favourites!

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching? 

Everyday is different and everyday is fulfilling. It truly is a job where you feel like you are making a difference and this makes it so incredibly rewarding!

Thank you Mrs Howe – what an amazing teacher! 

Congratulations are owed to Mrs Howe from Western Primary, our teacher of the month for June 2021. Today we visited her at school to deliver her well-earned certificate and a special prize! Mrs Howe is a teacher that always goes the extra mile, and as one of her pupils put simply, she is just “really, really kind”. If you would like to see a certificate upon your own teacher’s wall, then make sure you vote for them in our July Teacher of the Month award!