About Teacher Kat
Hi I’m Teacher Kat. I am the Nursery class teacher. I have been teaching for many years and I am thrilled to be able to work at BEYC. I love the curriculum here as it is perfect for my particular style of teaching. Everything is game and activity based and the school provides the teachers with any of the resources they need to prepare great lessons. I am extremely creative and innovative when it comes to making activities to help children develop in the different curriculum areas. I have 3 children myself and so I have a very caring nature. I believe that my experience with my own children greatly benefits my calm and collected teaching style in the classroom.
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There really are so many people who have influenced me for different reasons, especially the teachers that I had at school and now the teachers that I work with everyday. You really have to love being a teacher and being with children to do this job. My dad is also another key influence in my life. He really has instilled in me the love of the job and about living up to your commitments.
I love teaching English, especially phonics to young children. It really amazes me how fast they can absorb everything. And then working through the steps and watching their development from single sounds, to blending, to full sentences with perfect grammar. It really is amazing how we learn language.
I was always good at the academic subjects but my favourite subject was P.E (Physical Education). I was a very energetic and active student. I was very committed to my sports and always gave it my all. When I got to year 11 my focus at school started to slip. I remember failing history for a term because the teacher was using our lesson as his afternoon nap time. Suffice to say in the latter part of my secondary school education I was met with many poor teachers. This was the main reason why I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to help all those children who were neglected by bad teachers.
I love water sports. I enjoy wakeboarding and water skiing. I really am an outdoorsy girl. The ocean and boating is a huge part of my family culture. I also enjoy cooking, I am such a foodie! I’m one of those people that ‘live to eat’ not ‘eat to live’. I think that’s why my weight sometimes fluctuates (especially around Christmas….mmmmmm).
Hands down the planning. Especially if you teach young children, because the first thing to go out the window is the planning. I also think the most difficult part of teaching is trying to get parents to understand that very young children (nursery/toddler age) develop at different rates and you shouldn’t really compare your child to their class mates. Of course they have milestones that they should all reach and some reach them faster than others but that doesn’t mean that your child is slow.
I know that most teacher hate the preparation stage of their lessons because there can be an endless amount of resources and materials that you have to prepare, but this is my favourite part of teaching. For me preparing an activity is like therapy. I get into the zone, I’m totally focused with the task at hand and everything around me fades away. It is really relaxing for me. I love seeing how the children really grow as little people. I love being around young children, they are so funny. Children are just so truthful and the things that come out of their mouths are fantastic. Children only see things as black and white and I wish the world was that simple.
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. I really believe in this because I think you should always try your best. I am a little bit of a perfectionist so I am really not happy until it is right. It really upsets me when I see people just doing the minimum needed. Teaching can’t be like that. You have to be active and energetic as well as creative. You really have to try every approach you know so that every child in you class understands.
I also think that getting on common ground with young children helps because they won’t pay attention to you unless they trust you. That’s why I think it’s important that the child is acknowledged as their own person. Learning should be fun and we should encourage student’s curiosity. Learning is for life so curiosity is the key to further knowledge.