60 seconds with....Jacqui Napier

Meet Additional Teacher Jacqui Napier. A self confessed serial traveller, lover of the sea and good food!

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

I originally worked in business and became a teacher twelve years ago following the completion of my PGCE. I’ve lived and taught in Australia and settled in my current school six years ago. I’m an Additional Teacher in Year 5 – it’s a two-form entry school with three teachers in each year group, two class teachers and an additional teacher. We stream and so I teach reading, English and maths in the morning and cover PPA and teach interventions in the afternoons. I’m the Creative Curriculum lead, subject leader for geography and history and the NQT Mentor.

What do you like most about being a teacher? 

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, what you do matters, and it makes a difference. Working with children means that no two days are the same! I love that I can turn up to work and leave behind anything else that is going on in my life and just focus on the children and the teaching.

What is your happiest childhood memory of primary school?

I loved it. I remember all of my teachers and specific lessons - primary school played an important role in shaping who I am today. My happiest memory was the day I went for my visit to Reception as I met my best friend walking in with our Mums and we’re still best friends today.

What would you like your pupils or colleagues to remember you for?

I hope that they think I deliver rich and rewarding lessons. As a teacher you take on a role, you’re an actor and you create scenarios that make learning enriching. 

What is your ethos and vision for education?

Education should be a varied and an enriching experience providing inspiration and enthusiasm and offering opportunities for all involved.

How do you think education will change in the future? 

Education must change in the future and we need to ensure we maintain our focus on learning and teaching. There must be big changes in how the education system is managed so that teachers are not constantly overloaded and do their best for the children.

If you could choose your education hero to run a staff meeting who would it be and why?

For me, my education heroes are all the teachers that have taught and inspired me over the years including my Mum. My Mum went in to teaching as a Mum with a young family and went on to strive in her field.

What is your proudest accomplishment as a teacher?

I’ve been lucky enough to experience some ground-breaking moments for children in their learning. The feeling when that happens is truly rewarding.

How would your pupils describe you?

I’m not sure, perhaps I should ask them!

What is the best piece of advice you would share with new teachers?

As an NQT Mentor I work closely with new teachers. They start the year full of passion, the most recent training and great ideas and I try to encourage them to keep hold of these and to use them. I would advise new teachers to look after their health and wellbeing by maintaining a life outside of teaching.

And finally, just for fun....

Lie in or up with the lark?

Lie in for sure, I don’t enjoy my 6am alarm at all!

Decaf or Full caff?

I don’t drink tea or coffee, but I definitely need caffeine – I’m infamous for my love of Diet Coke!

City or seascape?

I’m a city girl at heart but you can’t beat the sea to get away from it all and switch off and relax.

Dine in or dine out?

Dine out – I’m a foodie and love going to restaurants.

Book or Boxset?

I love a good boxset, though a group of fellow teachers and I have a book club which is good as it forces me to read more!

By Jennie Adams on 21 December 2017

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