60 seconds with .... Jo Williams

How long have you been working in education and what’s your current role?

I've been teaching now for fifteen and a half years. I began my teaching career as a class teacher at a school in West Sussex in and I still work there today!  I now work part time as I have three boys aged between thirteen and seven that take up a large proportion of my time.

What do you like most about being a teacher?

I love it when a child who has struggled to understand a concept suddenly 'gets it'. That light bulb moment!

What is your ethos and vision for education?

To give children the confidence to reach their full potential and aim for the stars.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I enjoy keeping fit and go to the gym three or four times a week. I also love watching my three boys playing football.

How would your pupils describe you?

This is a tricky one…….maybe…..fun, strict but fair.

What's your favourite subject to teach?

I absolutely love teaching science. I really enjoy the practical sessions we do as a class and in particular want to inspire girls to develop a love of science.  I believe it's a subject that can open doors into so many amazing careers and have an impact on so many aspects of our day to day lives.  The more children that develop a love of the subject and want to pursue a career in that area has got to be a good thing.

What was the best lesson you've ever taught?

It was probably a science lesson on irreversible changes with my year two class. We had Coke fountains on the playground, raisins dancing in lemonade and tops bursting off film canisters, almost reaching the ceiling.

What is your most used phrase in the classroom?

Probably 'well done!' I like to use praise as much as possible so that the children aren't afraid to have a go.

What piece of career advice has helped you the most?

With a new class, start off by demonstrating firm behaviour expectations as children respect knowing the boundaries.

What is a little known fact about you?

I used to work for British Airways as an air stewardess.  

And finally....just for fun…….

City or countryside?

That's a hard one. I love to shop so like the city but I also love to snowboard and the beautiful scenery of the mountains. I'm going to have to say both.

Backpacking or five-star hotel?

5 star hotel - toilets should be inside and not out doors!

Dine in or dine out?

Dine out! I'm not a great cook and don't enjoy cooking one bit. I'd much prefer to go to a restaurant and have someone cook for me.

Gym addict or couch potato?

Gym addict. I particularly enjoy Body Pump and Spin classes.

Sun or snow?

Both. In the summer I love nothing more than relaxing by the pool or beach in the sun. In the winter I love to snowboard so snow is pretty essential for that.

PVA or Pritt stick?

Pritt-stick! PVA is messy and takes far too long to dry.

School trip or school assembly?

School trip. Although they can be stressful at times making sure you get everyone back in one piece, the children get so much from it so it’s worth it.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee - preferably a black coffee or a skinny caramel latte. Tea - can't stand it!!  

By Jennie Adams on 4th May 2017

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