How do you balance between your job and family?
The beauty with the Pures programme is that the team work very hard when we have a residential group. Then we have a week where administration and logistics are carried out, so essentially, we have one week on and one week off during term time. During the school holidays, the team have well deserved breaks to go and spend time with their families.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and career, the special person that you have always looked up to for inspiration?
My mother started her career as a teacher, so I followed in her footsteps and she, followed her father. I am the third generation teacher in my family. My father said to me, many years ago to take up the offer of a place at university or I would regret it later in life. He was right, I had a rewarding three years there while teaching, I have met many other educators who through their dedication, continue to encourage and inspire me.
Which have been the highest and lowest points/moments in your line of work?
This line of work involves more than just teaching. I find that mothering also comes into a lot of what I do. I like being a mother of many, however as a mother of many, I find that instilling discipline and reprimanding is part of the job. I have sometimes found it challenging to persuade reluctant learners to try new ways of doing things-changing mind-sets.
How do you unwind?
I sew, draw, read and visit friends and family.
What philosophy do you live by?
When you do anything, do it well to the best of your ability.
Your parting shot?
I would love to see many Pures alumni one day keep their promises to take up leadership in whatever areas they choose in a bid to make a difference in their lives and in those of others.