This week I am so excited to introduce you to a lovely lady called Katy. If you don't know her already, she is a brilliant blogger that I not only went to school with, but that actually introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging and I am so grateful she did. Over to Katy to tell you all about her work life.
What Katy Said...
A few facts about you: I live just north of London with my little family. I am, as my oldest puts it, 'a giant' at 5ft 9 and am really very shy!
What's your job? I am a mum, a blogger and a teacher- in that order!
How long have you been doing it? Mummy for 4 years, blogger for a year and a teacher for almost 9 years now! Wow I didn't realise I qualified so long ago!! That is mental!
What do you like best about it? Ok so my main income comes from teaching so let's talk about that. I used to be a full time teacher and I loved the actual day job, the process of teaching children- seeing the smiles on their faces when they learn to write, to read a new word for the first time.
What is the worst thing about it? Unfortunately that is not teaching and that is why I gave it up to do supply. The realities of teaching are the 12 hour days, the mountains of paperwork, books to mark and policies to digest. If I had wanted an office job I would have got one!
Would you recommend it? Full time? Um no! Not unless you want your job to be your whole life. I mean not all schools are the same, I am sure there are some that get away with minimal paperwork (if anyone knows of any then let me know!). I would definitely recommend supply teaching!! If you love teaching children then that is exactly what you get to do - then you go home and get on with your life.
Any funny stories? I had a little boy in my class once that was the slowest person in the whole wide world at getting changed for PE. He would deliberately dilly-dally as he hated PE. Anyway, one afternoon he took forever getting changed and in the end it was time to open the doors to let the other children out. He was taking ages putting his shoes on and when we went over he had accidentally swapped one of his shoes with his friend. His feet were about 3 sizes bigger than his friend so there he was like one of the ugly sisters trying to wedge his foot into this tiny shoe!! The funny thing was that his friend had obviously gone home with one massive shoe!!
What's your dream job? Honestly being a blogger is a dream job now, if I can make it so that is my primary income that would be absolutely amazing!
Would you carry on if you won the lottery? I would not carry on teaching, simply because I have my own children and so can focus on teaching them. I would 100% homeschool them if we won the lottery. Would I carry on blogging? Yes! I love it so much and it would make for one hell of a blog story wouldn't it? haha!
Thank you so much Katy for taking part. I always fancied being a teacher but have been so put off by all my teacher friends that say the same thing, it's such a shame to have all that admin and workload overtake the bare bones of teaching! Their loss is our gain as bloggers though, so it's all good! You can find Katy at her blog www.whatkatysaid.com or on twitter and Facebook.
If you'd like to take part in this feature yourself, please email me.