Deep knowledge and passion for their subject matter is a key factor for an effective teacher. The enthusiasm and passion Louise Travis possessed 22 years ago when starting her teaching career as an English/Humanities teacher is still very evident today.
For those familiar with the philosophy of Simon Sinek and finding ‘your why’ Louise is a prime example of discovering what you enjoy, what motivates you most, and translating that fulfilment into a career which stands the test, not only of time, but overcomes any challenges that arise. Louise thrived when working within a team; she enjoyed working with children/young people and had real passion for humanities, so the decision to become a teacher was the most natural career path to take.
Louise enjoyed a fulfilling, 7 years of full-time secondary school teaching, until the prospect to teach abroad came along, which triggered her to extend her teaching experience further; an exciting opportunity not to be missed.
For Louise, teaching abroad continued to be fulfilling and rewarding, but after 7 years she was drawn to return to England. Keen to continue her passion for teaching whilst balancing family life with a young child, Louise decided to opt for supply teaching to provide flexibility. When asked what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching Louise confirms “the most challenging part of teaching is juggling the paperwork and marking, much of which has to happen at weekends/ evenings. It is do-able, but really eats into free/family time.”
Since registering with TES several years ago Louise has been carefully matched to positions that suit her experience and requirements; this year she’s enjoyed a mixture of day to day cover and one long term assignment from October to the end of term. Regular efficient communication from TES ensures Louise is always kept updated, Louise comments “I would recommend TES as they are a friendly, professional team and there is always lots of work available.”
Passion is infectious. Love of a subject matter inspires a person to learn more, dig deeper, and think harder about it, so passion inspires deeper knowledge. The best teachers are those that clearly love their subjects and pass that passion and desire to learn, on to their students, which is evident with Louise.
For those contemplating a career in teaching be sure to love your subject, and as Louise advises “teaching is always interesting and fulfilling but very hard work; be prepared to work evenings and weekends. You do need to be very committed; that comes naturally when you love what you do!”
What Louise says about TES.
“I found TES online when looking for agencies TES are very effective at matching me to positions, through this I have had several long-term placements teaching in my chosen subject areas.
TES communicate very well- text/ phone: e- mail. Someone is always on the end of a phone line to help/ clear up any problems.nI would recommend TES- they are a friendly, professional team and there is always lots of work available.”