#RSMFridayFastFive – Mrs Saunders
Why did you choose a career working with children?
I studied psychology at university with the aim to move into educational psychology. At the time, you needed to have a teaching qualification first. I loved being in the classroom so much that I haven’t looked back!
Your favourite subjects at school?
My favourite subjects at school were science, psychology and art. I really enjoyed the experiments in science lessons and remember being selected to attend a Women in Physics event for Brighton University during my GCSE’s and feeling really proud. My psychology teacher made our lessons so fun and engaging paving my way to follow the subject to degree level. I loved the quietness of our school art studio and putting on my headphones and just mindfully engaging in my art projects.
Why Lower School?
I have had the pleasure of teaching in both the Upper School and Lower School at RSM. I particularly enjoy lower school because of the huge leaps in learning that can be seen and the joy, wonder and excitement younger children have when discovering new things.
Most memorable moment in your teaching career?
It’s hard to pick one moment when each class creates super memories, so I’ve chosen one from my teaching placement in Bournemouth. The first solo lesson I taught was the celery experiment to a Year 3 class for their science lesson. They were so excited to be taking part in a practical and I loved every minute, sharing my knowledge. It was the moment I knew teaching was the job for me. It helped that I got some great feedback from my mentor too!
My favourite quote:
“Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give.”