Heather Illingworth

Why do you want to be a teacher?

Music is one of my main passions and having studied it for many years I have met a lot of inspirational people and musicians. One of these was my high school music teacher. I met her in Year 9 and she saw my potential; she saw the great musician I could become if I just broke out of my shy girl shell. She pushed me to achieve more than I could ever imagine and gave me such amazing opportunities to work with great musicians. Every day she encouraged my love for music to grow. Having someone like that in my life, at a young age, helped shape the person I am today. I love music and I want to be able to pass my passion on to young people. I want to be able to find that great musician who needs to break out of his or her shell; I want to help someone fall in love with music the way my music teacher helped me. As trainee teachers, and the qualified teachers, we are given the opportunity to change a child’s life for the better every day. So we would be crazy not to take that opportunity.

What it is like one month into teacher training…

The early mornings, the paperwork, the long days, the first few weeks of teacher training is a shock to the system after spending a summer relaxing. This is all worth it when you stand in front of a class and see 30 little faces looking back at you, ready to learn and even more so when the same students tell you that the lesson you just taught them was the best lesson they have ever had. The first month has been really intense; constantly being told information about lesson planning, child protection, assessments etc. but all this work seems to disappear as soon as I begin to teach the subject I love. I have learnt so much in the past few weeks, not only about teaching but about myself. I have found that I have the ability to do so much more than I ever imagined and being part of such a good school is an amazing opportunity.