In The Spotlight With Mr Roberts, Year 5 Teacher
Q: How did you become a teacher and why?
A: After my Sport Development and Coaching degree, I decided to pursue my interest in primary teaching. I volunteered in a few local primary schools, which led me to a teaching assistant job back in 2011. It was from here, I had the confidence to lead lessons and my role changed to an unqualified teacher; this gave me the opportunity to teach throughout the school across the curriculum. My next step was to start a PGCE degree, at Bishop Grosseteste University, and I haven’t looked back since. I have spent the last seven years teaching year 5 and 6 children. I have also taken on the role of PE coordinator and had the pleasure of mentoring teachers who are new to the profession. I strive to make a positive impact both in my classroom and throughout the school. I became a teacher because I enjoy seeing that spark when a child has finally grasped a tricky concept! I love being part of a child’s journey, nurturing their growth both in and outside the classroom.
Q: Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
A: I am a qualified Barista and Espresso Artist. I can make a latte or a cappuccino and can even pop a love heart or a flower on top! I have travelled to Australia and Cook Islands in the South Pacific where I experienced their relaxed way of life. I enjoy waking up very early to practice daily mindfulness and read, which sets me up nicely for the day ahead.
Q: What is your idea of a perfect day?
A: My day will start very early, fresh coffee brewed and a bit of morning mindfulness along with a good book. Then, a quick session in the gym to wake me up further. The weather for the day will be clear blue sky; not too hot, with a slight breeze. My children will be playing around us grown ups and there will be no arguments about who has the pink cup and no ‘she’s sat in the comfy spot on the sofa, that’s not fair!’ because after all, this is the ‘perfect day’! My wife and I will then head to the George for bottomless afternoon tea – sorry kiddoes, you’re booked in with Nanna for a few hours. In the afternoon, we’ll all head out for a spot of Geocaching (finding hidden, mini treasures on an APP), hit the swings and slides at the local park and maybe an ice-cream. Maybe a double scoop! To finish off the day, my wife and I will relax in front of the television and tuck into a take-away.
Q: If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
A: I’m a fan of a range of genres really: children’s books, dystopia, thrillers and more! I would include a twist at the end, maybe a parallel universe and a villain who can’t keep up with the plot!
Q: What would you do if you never had to work again?
A: I would like to travel with my wife and appreciate the beauty this world has to offer.
Q: What is important to you?
A: My family and friends. I enjoy spending time with them and making everlasting memories. Also, the little things: a good song on the radio, a cool but sunny day, and the occasional family road trip.