Teachers that inspire everyday are found in classrooms everywhere throughout the country. With the summer holidays in Australia now over and students preparing to head back to the classroom for another year I wanted to remind them that there are some wonderful and inspirational teachers ready and waiting to take them on a journey of discovery and learning.
Over the years I have known and taught with many motivational
teachers that seek to bring inspiration into their classroom through
unique and diverse learning experiences.
Whether your child is taking their first steps towards kindergarten
or their final steps into year 12, over the years they will come across
an amazing variety of exceptional people to guide and nurture their
growth and understanding of the world around them.
Teachers hail from many walks of life and bring with them life
experiences that remain in our children’s memory throughout their
In the second book in my early reader series, ‘Alien Shenanigans’ we
meet a new character, Mr Haggardy, that I have modeled from several
colleagues that I found to be exceptionally inspirational teachers.
In the story, Mr Haggardy is the year six classroom teacher that
Brian Bradberrie finds himself with. A teacher with previous life
experience and a love for science that he brings to the classroom.
“Mr Haggardy was a cool hippie-like dude with long blonde hair he
kept tied in a pony tail. He had an unkempt beard and he wore torn jeans
with a Hawaiian shirt never tucked in or ironed. You could have a joke
with him, but you also knew when he was serious and this, was one of
Although I could say there are many teachers I have learnt from over
the years. One teacher that stands out in my memory of my high school
days was my Ancient History teacher. I will never forget the day someone
asked him a question in class he did not know the answer to. We didn’t
have the internet or Google in those days so a quick moment to research
in class was impossible. Instead he without hesitation admitted he
didn’t know, but promised to go to the library that evening and find the
answer. As promised he returned with the answer the very next day. This
has always struck a chord with me as not only was he honest but he had
no hesitation in owning the fact that he didn’t know something. This was
a teacher that until then I believed to be the oracle of all things to
do with ancient history. I realised that day that teachers couldn’t
possibly know it all and that it was ok to admit it. This teacher was
one of my inspirations for becoming a teacher myself. I took this lesson
learnt with me into my own years as a teacher and although I always
prepared my lessons as best I possibly could, I was confident in the
knowledge that it was ok to show the kids I was human too!
When my sons embarked on their educational careers they too
encountered many wonderful teachers. I wrote a blog 3 years ago when my
youngest son began university. The blog post bestowed some of the
special qualities of the teachers that stood out to me for him and his
brothers. In it I mention the Kindergarten/Year one teacher who inspired
my youngest to always challenge himself and strive to reach his full
potential. The two teachers who helped mould my second son into a
compassionate and tolerant adult and finally the teacher who my eldest
son was lucky to have teach him twice, in year one and again in year 5.
This fellow opened up the world of science to him in the most
extraordinary ways. My eldest is now about to embark on his Phd as he
continues along his journey of research and his thirst for knowledge.
You will find further discussion on this at the link below.
Teachers surround us throughout our life even outside of the
classroom. Mentors, work colleagues, other parents, even people in
social media can all have an influence on our behaviours, knowledge and
understanding of the world around us. We are never too old or too young
to learn. So whether it is a teacher like Mr Haggardy or someone like my
Ancient History teacher in high school, I hope your children find that
special teacher this year that piques their curiosity and inspires them
on to strive towards whatever the future has install for them.
My best wishes for another wonderful year of learning.
Keep having fun reading.
Read together everyday.
Alien Shenanigans will be released very soon.