Teacher of the Month, Let’s Meet Mrs Turner

In February we had a joint first place, let’s meet Mrs Turner from Richardson Dees Primary School.

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher?
I definitely always knew I would try being a teacher at some point. I wanted to try out lots of other things too first but ultimately knew I was destined to be a teacher.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
Working with the fabulous children at Richardson Dees PS and watching them progress. Every day I feel proud of their efforts and achievements.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a teacher?
Trying to fit everything in on time.

Could you guess how many students you have taught?
Oh my goodness, a lot! Maybe 600?

What’s your favourite subject to teach?
I really enjoy teaching all of the subjects but this year my class and I have really enjoyed learning and practising art skills.

What makes a good teacher?
Someone who listens, works hard and enjoys learning. I believe it is important to value every individual and always have an open mind, positive ethos and create a culture where diversity is celebrated and every voice is listened to.

Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school and why?
Miss Clohessy because she formed our debate team and led us to the final in City Hall. She believed in our ability and coached us amazingly. She was so lovely and really went the extra mile.

Did you enjoy school?
I did enjoy school, I loved learning new things and having lots of exciting experiences and opportunities.

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you?
The children I teach inspire me to try and do the best I can. My husband and children inspire me everyday. The staff I work with are truly inspirational and I feel very lucky that I get to be part of the team.

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching?
It’s very rewarding, no day is the same and you get to meet and work with wonderfully diverse and unique people.

Any thing else that you would like our visitors to know?
I was so surprised to get teacher of the month, but I really appreciate it and feel genuinely humbled – thank you so much!

Thank you Mrs Turner……….still time to vote for this month!