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Meet our new Year 3 Class Teacher

Posted on: 24 May 2018 by Weston Green School | Category: General News

Meet our new Year 3 Class Teacher

We look forward to welcoming our new Year 3 Class Teacher, Miss Natalie Gilbert, to Weston Green in September. 

Read our Q&A with Miss Gilbert, below:

What attracted you to the role at Weston Green? 

The teaching role was highly recommended to me by my former colleague and friend, Miss Coates, who is thoroughly enjoying her recent move into Year 2. Following a warm, welcoming visit, I grew increasingly drawn to becoming part of the Weston Green team. It was from my visit and time teaching during my interview, that I sensed the enthusiastic, passionate approach to the learning environment, along with a genuine caring atmosphere throughout the school. Additionally, I have always lived locally and it is nice to work around some familiar faces of colleagues, parents and children.

What skills and experience can you bring to Weston Green?

Throughout my career, I have always worked with children in roles from Early Years, up to Infants and Juniors. Through these valuable experiences I have acquired a wealth of skills, though I remain mindful in recognising the importance of viewing each child as unique. In the classroom I am keen to teach through a variety of visual, practical ‘hands on’ activities, and collaborative methods of learning. I feel that these techniques aid children’s engagement and brings life and soul into all lessons. I also enjoy incorporating elements of fun and energy from my sport and dance teaching background. My ultimate goal is to promote independent learners by motivating and inspiring children to be creative, analytical and protagonists in their own learning quest.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Following the birth of my son, I was keen to develop my career in education and gain a deeper perspective of the learning journey children take as they grow up. I considered my nurturing, organised and enthusiastic manner as lending itself to a career in teaching. I have always strongly believed in a child’s development as a whole; ensuring that every child reaches their full potential and flourishing into their own person. In becoming a teacher, I aspire to fulfil this belief.

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

Many teachers will agree that it is deeply rewarding when children have those ‘eureka’ moments and suddenly just ‘get it’. But ultimately, I feel the best part of teaching is giving children lifetime memories with total enjoyment and sheer excitement wrapped up into their learning. It is ever changing, challenging, inspiring and a most rewarding privilege to be a part of a child’s learning journey.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Most of my time outside of school is spent with my family. We enjoy sharing time outdoors from going on walks, to a trip to the seaside, but playing rounders is certainly a family favourite! My young son has enriched my life and has given me a deeper insight into how children grow, whilst learning the twists and turns of life. I think it is always important to find time for memorable moments with your loved ones!

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