Interviewing Mandy

Interviewing Mandy

Where are you from and where did you go to grade school and university?
I am from England.

I went to school in my hometown of Dagenham in Essex and then went on to The City and East London University in the city of London.

I continue my professional development by taking online courses that are relevant to Early Years settings.

When you’re not at Hampton where do you like to spend your time?
I enjoy relaxing at home.

I spend time with two of my children, when they are not working, along with my rescue cats and dogs.

What is one idea or sentence that you would like your children to take away from their time at Hampton?
That being at school is a time of wonder and adventure and that they all take away a lifelong pleasure of learning.

What is your favourite part of the teaching day?
I enjoy our ‘Integrated Studies’ sessions, where the children are being introduced to new skills and are then so proud of themselves when they have tried their very best.

It is an ‘anything can happen time’ as children have no limits to their imaginations.

Who is someone that you admire, and why?
I admire anyone who tries, fails and tries again.

Success is not always about succeeding but how you deal with failures as well.

What is your most memorable moment in your teaching career?
My very first day of teaching, when I realised that parents are trusting you with their child and that, for as long as you teach, your time will be spent doing the best you can for every child that passes through your class.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to Texas in the United States and visit my family there that I have not seen for thirty years.

What are your future goals for/at Hampton?
As a class teacher, I would like to think that I will continue to grow personally and professionally in helping children reach their full potential in a variety of ways that are individually suited to each one of them and that Hampton will continue to thrive as a caring, learning environment.

How do you want the children to remember you after they venture to “big school”?
I would love my children to have nothing but happy memories of their time spent with me and when they look back they understand that this was where their lifelong learning journey began.

What is your favourite storybook and why?
I have never had a favourite storybook. I feel that there are too many great books out there to choose just one!