June is a classroom teacher at ICHK Kindergarten & Primary.
Why did you want to become a teacher?
As a young child, I used to enjoy role-play as a teacher. I pretended to take the register and teach my class of children to draw and read them stories! As an adult I continue to enjoy the company of children and find what they think, say and do very interesting. Every child is unique with special qualities. Sometimes they make me laugh and I like making them laugh. I think I’m a kid at heart!
What is your first memory from school?
Waiting with a mixture of nervousness and intrigue in the playground with my big sister before the bell went.
What makes a ‘good day’ at school?
A ‘good day’ at school is when everyone is happy and things run smoothly with unplanned, unexpected learning successes.
If I walked into your classroom on a typical afternoon, what would I see going on?
Story telling, sharing news, playing.
What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?
Too many to recall … I have been called ‘Dad’ by accident a few times and Mr. Gibbard.
When I asked a child what her mum’s name was, she answered “Mummy”. Cute!
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
Anything funny or with unexpected clever twists like Shawshank Redemption, Hangover.
What is the hardest thing about being a teacher?
Trying to ensure that all the needs of all the individual students’ needs are met all the time.
What inspires you?
Courageous and non judgemental minds.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Following my passion, changing my career and retraining to be a teacher.
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I went to a high school where girls learnt Needlework, Home Economics (cooking) and Typing (on a typewriter) and boys did Woodwork and Metalwork!!!