Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound difference in your life? How did they influence and/or inspire you?
The easy answer to this would be yes, I have indeed. She was my teacher for year 1, 2 and 4 at Primary school (5-6, 6-7 and 8-9, for those not familiar with English school system). Jane Arundale. She inspired my love of books, and encouraged me to read. I read Little Women aged 8, with her encouragement to "Just read 10 pages a day". I remember our year 2 classroom being huge and having so much fun in there; it had a role play corner, painting corner, and there was always something new to do. That doesn't mean she wasn't strict; far from it. I remember one time in year 2, we were doing about pointilism, and the other kids spent, like, an hour doing a pretty dotty picture of a flower with felt tip pens. I spent 2 minutes on mine, because I was bored, and she made me go back and do it again. She was utterly lovely as a teacher though, and I have never ever forgotten her.
After I'd left first school, she became an advisor for OFSTED, and then worked for the local education board in an advisory position. My Dad, who's a school governor, ran into her at a meeting last year and told her that I'd also become a teacher-according to Dad she was very pleased and proud when she found this out.
This woman was, basically, my inspiration for becoming a primary school teacher myself. Miss Arundale, thank you.