For the Christmas term, we have interviewed Miss Hunter who teaches Maths here at St Benedict’s. Here is what she had to say about working in our school!
Where did you grow up and go to school and college?
I was born right here in Whitehaven and my family have always lived locally! I attended St Patrick’s primary in Cleator Moor before joining St Benedict’s. My old maths classroom is actually my own classroom now and here’s a secret – some of the teachers who taught me are still here!
Why did you decide to teach what you teach?
I wanted to be many things growing up: an air hostess, a fashion designer, a lawyer, a police woman – the list goes on! However, I have always enjoyed Maths and it was one of my stronger subjects. When it was time to decide what university course to study, Maths seemed like an obvious option for me. I decided to give teaching a try and after my first lesson – I knew it was the job for me. I wouldn’t do anything else!
Where and when was your first teaching job?
During my teacher training I worked in secondary schools in Solway, Barrow and Bury which is just outside Manchester! However, St Benedict’s is actually my first permanent teaching job. I’ve been here since September 2016.
What is the best thing about teaching at secondary school?
The students – they are at that wonderful age where they say some of the funniest things. They make me smile on a daily basis.
How do you think students will remember you and your class?
I hope that students will remember me as being a welcoming friendly face, who is always super positive and has lots of energy and enthusiasm for teaching maths. My classroom is full of colour and is a lovely environment to learn in (I think!).
What is your favourite movie/book?
My favourite genre of books/films is action and thriller. To name a few favourites: Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, The Departed, plus so many more!
What is your idea of fun?
I LOVE going to gigs and festivals. I went to Sziget music festival this year in Budapest (Hungary).
What is one of your hidden talents?
I’m surprisingly good at keepy ups with a football!
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I think most students would be surprised to find out that I backpacked around South East Asia for 6 months in 2014. I visited Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. I then moved to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia where I lived and worked for 18 months. I did a sky dive from 15,000 ft over the Great Barrier Reef and it’s still my best day to date!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would be like Peter Pan and never grow up!
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Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
If you can’t be KIND, be QUIET