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World Teachers' Day 2021

Educators play an important role in our classrooms and in our communities. World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate, acknowledge and thank them for all that they do and contribute.

The theme of this year’s celebration is 'Teachers at the heart of education recovery' which recognises the tireless efforts of our teachers to keep lessons going and ensure minimal disruption to learning over the course of the pandemic.

To celebrate and acknowledge the bright future of teaching in SA, we asked a few fabulous teachers to share their inspiration and stories with us.

 

Meet Amy! 

Amy Morgan is the lead teacher and a director at Forbes Children’s Centre. Forbes is an exciting and busy centre and Amy thoroughly enjoys her work with the children, families and the wider community. 

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I had amazing teachers in my early education who inspired me and drew me to the teaching profession. I stay inspired everyday as I meet new children and families and I get to be part of their learning journey.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching for you personally?

Helping to shape the very beginning of a child's learning journey. It is such a privilege. Getting to know children and families and the lasting relationships that follow.

What is the nicest (or funniest) thing a student or parent has ever said to you?

The funniest would probably be a child miss pronouncing my name... she called me Nighty instead of Amy for three terms straight, no matter how many times I gently reminded her my name was in fact Amy! The nicest thing would have to be a parent telling me they felt like I changed the trajectory of their child's education after being so worried about how they would manage starting preschool and the transition to school. 

 

Meet Yasmin! 

Yasmin Alesci is an upper primary school teacher at Settlers Farm Campus R-7 at Paralowie. She is a devoted teacher to 25 bright and energetic year 6 students.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired by great teachers from my past. I chose a teaching career after having children of my own. It made me realise that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, the way some wonderful teachers had made a difference to me.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching for you personally?

Seeing growth, not just in students’ education (which is always a woo hoo moment) but growth in the child's social, emotional and overall wellbeing. Building relationships with students and seeing the positive impact you can contribute to their life is really rewarding for me.

What is the nicest (or funniest) thing a student or parent has ever said to you?

Whilst visiting a reception class, a child invited me to sit on the chair beside them. As I approached the chair he was eagerly pointing at, I noticed that a thick layer of glue had been applied to the seat. Luckily, we as teachers learn not to take things too personally. 4 years on he and I are on good terms now and he hasn't tried to stick me to a chair since.

 

Meet David 

David Mazzarelli is a middle and secondary school teacher at Thomas More College, Adelaide. He specializes in Senior English, Religious Education, HASS, and Research Project.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

They say our profession is commonly one where you are called to the role as a vocation. It was certainly the case for me. I was fortunate enough to have a leadership position as a Year 12 student. Part of this role included going to visit a Year 3 class once a week. The students were so thrilled to see us that I thought to myself that I could definitely do this for a living. My mother was also a primary school teacher, so it felt right to pursue what is undoubtedly the most rewarding career one can have.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching for you personally?

It’s the ‘aha!’ moments you can have with a student on a one-on-one basis. It’s the sense of togetherness that gives purpose to so many students and staff alike. It’s the spark of a learning community that provides the foundation for young people to embrace a growth mindset; to be better than they were yesterday!

What is the nicest (or funniest) thing a student or parent has ever said to you?

In a total tongue-in-cheek moment, I was referred to as a walking dictionary by one of my Year 12 English students this year. This was partially due to a moment of brief confusion, followed by that illustrious ‘aha!’ moment when they finally understood the concept being taught. It’s what we all strive to achieve as teachers!

Happy World Teachers' Day to all.