Teacher of the Month – Mr Heeney

You guys have been busy voting for your favourite teacher, we have added all of the votes up for September and the winner is Mr Heeney the year 5 teacher from Richardson Dees Primary School.

We popped in and asked him a few questions.

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

I come from a family of teachers. My brother is a deputy head teacher of my local high school and my dad was my headteacher in my primary school growing up, so I guess that I was always destined for a career in teaching.

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

There are many benefits in being a teacher, but the most rewarding is when a child finally understands and excels in something they have been working hard on for a while.

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

There is a lot of work to do in terms of planning, preparation, marking and everything else that goes into teaching so managing time effectively is always a challenge.

Could you guess how many students you have taught?

I have been teaching since 2008 so certainly over 1000.

What’s your favourite subject to teach?

I really enjoy teaching maths the most. It can be a challenging subject to teach daily with so many aspects to cover, but I always enjoyed maths in school myself and have taken this into my role as a teacher.

What makes a good teacher?

Communication skills are key. It is important to get your message across to the children in a clear way so that they understand what is being taught and what is expected of them in a lesson. Patience is an important attribute and importantly a good sense of humour. You have to enjoy yourself while teaching!

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

My Year 6 teacher in primary school was Miss Molloy. She was strict but fair with the class and I learned a lot from her.

Did you enjoy school?

Yes, I always enjoyed school, being with my friends and learning new things. The friends I made in school are still my best friends now.

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

As I mentioned earlier, my dad was my headteacher in primary school so I as teacher, I can’t help but be inspired by him.

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

Teaching is without doubt a rewarding career. Every day is different and there are many challenges, but you have the privilege of making a difference in children’s lives every day and you don’t get that in every job!!

Any thing else that you would like our visitors to know?
The children of Wallsend are hardworking and have a great work ethic. Teaching is a busy, challenging job but working with the children of Richardson Dees Primary School makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you Mr Heeney!

We are counting the votes for October and will let you know who the winner is next week.