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Year 6 teacher, Mrs Emma Phillips, recently featured in the Bolton News' Teacher Profile section. Her entry can be read below.
Name: Emma Phillips
I am currently a Year 6 class teacher at Bolton School Junior Girls' Division and the Mathematics Coordinator.
I have one younger sister, Sarah, 28. I am married to Ian, 32 who is a Police Officer and have a son Henry, 18 months old.
I went to secondary school and sixth form at Oulder Hill Community School in Rochdale to study GCSEs and A Levels. I studied teaching at the University of Warwick and achieved a 2:1.
Something readers should know:
I used to play water polo competitively and represented Great Britain in the Junior and Senior teams. I am a bit of a thrill seeker and have been caving, skydiving and love going to rock concerts!
What or who encouraged you to choose teaching as a career?
My family seem to all be, or have been teachers, so it seems to be 'in the blood'. My father is my real inspiration though. He has been a teacher for 35 years and still loves his job. He is currently a teacher of Visually Impaired children and in addition to his day job he has set up teams for goal ball and VI ten pin bowling in Rochdale. He has received many awards for his work and I am incredibly proud of him.
What has been your most satisfying moment in the classroom?
I would struggle to name just one. The most satisfying thing about teaching is capturing the children's imagination and they leave your lesson chattering about their ideas and are eager to find out more about the topic you have been teaching them.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to our school Science Week in May. We have a variety of exciting activities and experiments throughout the week for the children and a visit for each year group. I am also looking forward to the residential trip to Patterdale Hall as this year the pupils will be doing some field work connected with the Victorians as well as the outdoor pursuits and I think they are going to love it!
What do you enjoy about teaching?
I enjoy the diversity and the challenge of each day. I am passionate about the subjects I teach and I enjoy the fact that I am constantly learning new things too. The pupils we have are so inquisitive and enthusiastic and they ask such perceptive questions. I often finish a lesson and find myself looking up easy ways to explain more advanced concepts to them because they are so interested.