Teacher Feature – Mr Stewart.
Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
Growing up, like many kids, I had some excellent teachers who valued their job immensely and took great pride in empowering their students with knowledge about their subject. For me, I had an excellent mathematics teacher and she demonstrated everything I value in a teacher – compassion, someone who makes their lessons engaging and has a lifelong love of learning, just to name a few. From leaving high school, I went to college and then university to study politics and then moved onto my PGDE at the University of Strathclyde. It was from here that I graduated and have taught in various stages across the school years!
Why did you decide to specialise in your chosen area?
For me, I like to have my own class and watch them grow and develop in their learning from when they first arrive in my class to their very last day in my class. Observing the children develop their sense of curiosity when learning – on a daily basis, – is key to this enjoyment. I distinctly remember all the teachers I had in primary school and I look to replicate their love of teaching in my own practice consistently. Also, there are so many curricular areas that I love to teach from music to mathematics to PE, it’s so hard to narrow down to one area to specialise in!
What makes Nadeen such a unique place to work?
When you first arrive at Nadeen, you immediately feel welcomed into its distinctive campus. The school really does have a sense of deep community within it, from the pupils themselves to the staff and the parents. At Nadeen, the staff really are a team who strive together to provide the best learning opportunities for the students – it’s a wonderful feeling of togetherness that Nadeen rightly prides itself on.
How would you describe a typical day at Nadeen?
No day at Nadeen is ever the same with a range of opportunities arising from sports, teamwork and other areas of collaboration. What you do get every day is radiant positivity from students and staff alike. Students are always keen to learn and grow in their love for learning. Nadeen has been such a wonderful place to work in and I am very thankful to have this opportunity to work in such a caring school environment.