Interviewing Benjamin Garford

Interviewing Benjamin Garford

Where are you from and where did you go to grade school and university?
I am from England and went to school in Leeds before attending the University of Lincoln.

When you’re not at Hampton where do you like to spend your time?
I like to spend my time in coffee shops, trying local cuisine and watching football on the weekend.

What is one idea or sentence that you would like your children to take away from their time at Hampton?
I would like the children to take their excitement of learning into their new environment.

What is your favourite part of the teaching day?
My favourite part of the teaching day would be that first hour in the morning when the children do their core learning.

This is where they soak up the most information and show their abilities.

Who is someone that you admire, and why?
I admire Sir Alex Ferguson.

He showed over a continuous period of 26 years that he was a great leader who could adapt well to new challenges.

What is your most memorable moment in your teaching career?
A memorable moment from my teacher career would be seeing improvements with the children’s writing over a short period of time.

This would begin with a student being able to write a word and building that into a basic sentence.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to Norway, to see the fjords and mountains.

What are your future goals for/at Hampton?
For Hampton, I would like to see the student population grow to its full potential and be a positive figure in the children’s life at Hampton.

How do you want the children to remember you after they venture to “big school”?
I would like the children to look back on their learning at Hampton as being a fun and exciting experience that helped set them up for bigger challenges that are to come.

What is your favourite storybook and why?
My favourite storybook is ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.

It was a fun picture book to follow with many interesting characters throughout the story.