Interviewing Nicol Burr

Interviewing Nicol Burr

Mr. Nicol Burr (Mr. Nic) (Nursery 1, 2 year at Hampton)

Where are you from and where did you go to grade school and university?

I attended Inverurie High School in Inverurie, North East Scotland, with further education at Aberdeen Technical College.


When you’re not at Hampton where do you like to spend your time?

I like to be on the golf course getting some exercise and relaxing afterwards.


What is one idea or sentence that you would like your children to take away from their time at Hampton?

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.


What is your favourite part of the teaching day?

It would have to be the early morning when the Nursery children come into our school so happy and I receive a hug and a smile from them.

It makes me feel great and it makes the day that much more special.


Who is someone that you admire, and why?

I admire Eddie Haworth, my friend and charity director (Gift of Happiness).

He came through the toughest of childhoods, raised himself up through many different careers (now a professional clown), travelled the world and now selflessly helps thousands of children and families in need in Thailand through his charity efforts.

I help and support him as much as I can.


What is your most memorable moment in your teaching career?

When one of my first students received his university placement in the USA.


If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go on an African safari.


What are your future goals for/at Hampton International Pre-School?

To see the school grow further, but keep its small family-friendly feel.


How do you want the children to remember you after they venture to “big school”?

I would want them to remember me as a fun and engaging teacher, and even more so, a friend.


What is your favourite storybook and why?

I love ‘The Gruffalo’ because it shows that the mouse, though small, was clever and cunning, tricking all the animals and the Gruffalo to believing he was the scariest in the woods.

It doesn’t matter what size you are, if you are clever, you can do almost anything!