Here at St Peter’s we think that building strong relationships with teachers, pupils and parents is an essential part of the learning experience. You may have met many of the teachers around the school or during events, but we thought that we would give you a little bit of a deeper insight into their lives outside of the classroom! This week, we interviewed Miss Ebony Paver, one of our Nursery teachers from our private school in Devon and we think you’ll find her answers most interesting!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 24 years old and live in Exmouth, close to my family who is my world.
What was it that inspired you to become a teacher?
I always knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. I started babysitting when I was about 12 and, since then, I went on to work in a creche, ran a holiday club and even worked as a nanny abroad. It was my college course during my GCSEs which made me realise my passion for not only wanting to work with children but to learn and study about Early Years and how children develop and learn. The idea that I could actually teach children and have an impact on their lives was something that seemed very special to me.
Are there any other jobs you’d considered before deciding to be a teacher?
I actually went to work in a dental surgery to train to become a dental nurse. This soon made me realise how much I missed being in a learning environment.
How long have you been in teaching?
I have been working with children for the past 5 years and teaching for the last 2.
Why did you choose to teach at nursery level?
To me, the early years in a child’s life are the most magical. They are like sponges and have a want to learn. I also love being the first person to introduce subject foundations such as, learning their letter sounds or holding a pencil correctly.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When the children master a skill and I know that all of my hard work and effort has paid off. I also love how important you are to their little lives.
What is your favourite aspect of St Peter’s Prep?
I adore the fact that St Peter’s feels like one big family. We are true to our mission statement. I like our school ethos and, especially, our beautiful location and views.
What is the biggest challenge of your role?
Finding enough time in the week to achieve everything I would like for the children.
Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
You can often find me down on Exmouth sea-front with my pink ice-cream bike.
Do you have any tips for parents with children heading into nursery later this year?
Prepare your child, talk them through the nursery day and get them excited about their new adventure. INDEPENDENCE…please don’t do everything for them.
If there are any questions you’d like to ask any of our teachers, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be able to provide an answer!