Teachers are awesome (well at least the awesome ones)

There was a time when I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve ‘kind of’ done it a few times. I taught English in Japan, I have worked as a Business Trainer in tertiary education but I have to be honest I know it’s not the same as being a teacher.

I have to say it, teachers are awesome. Well the awesome ones are!

You don’t know an awesome teacher until you meet one, but trust me you’ll know.

My son had a brilliant kindy teacher and his prep school teacher is spectacular – patience of a saint and while she is lots of fun, she also has boundaries in place. I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher for my son.

Sure we all remember the not so good teachers – the ones that threw chalkdusters at your head, put us on ‘scab’ duty (that is, pick up garbage in the playground in your lunch break), but you’ll NEVER FORGET the awesome ones.

I remember my kindy teacher Mrs Widseth very fondly – she taught me in my first year of school. To be honest I can’t remember much other than she was really good to me and for me.

Mrs McBeath was my drama teacher as well as our Year Teacher all the way through high school. Love your work Mrs McBeath!

The one that I credit the most though for my love of history and English was Mr Gibson. There were times we tested that man’s patience beyond what any normal human being should have endured…but he bore it with a smile and his passion for what he taught was infectious.

He was the person who introduced me to Jane Austen. At the time I bumbled and struggled my way through Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion and while I certainly didn’t fall in love with it straight away (I was 15 so cut me a break here), his perseverance kept me coming back to it in later years.

So whether you’re an English teacher, Prep Teacher or even a Math Teacher, thank you for being awesome!

PS There were heaps of other teachers who were just as awesome to me and I haven’t forget you either…Mr Taylor, Mr McPherson, Miss Rudd, Mr Hickey, Mrs MacPherson, Mrs Preston…the list goes on I promise. Thank you!

Kylie Fennell
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