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Why I teach: There's no job I'd rather do

KIRSTY PURVIS
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013
Kirsty Purvis, Fairfield College
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A student's junior science project.

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I am a teacher at Fairfield College, which is considered a rough school. But there's no school I'd rather be at right now. I enjoy my job and teaching there.

It is a decile four school, which is the lowest you will find in Hamilton.

I am starting my third year of teaching and have been at Fairfield for more than two years, since my second placement from Waikato University. I am a chemistry and science teacher but have also taught maths and tourism.

I don't just teach to educate and foster a love of science and of learning. I also want to work in a career where I am challenged and never bored, and have places I could go up to.

I want to be able to work anywhere and I want to be somewhere in a job that made me happy as a person. I have found all these things with teaching.

No matter how many hours I work, and yes, teachers work weekends and holidays too, or how tired I am, it seems that the hour-long classes, the days and the weeks go so very quickly.

I have grown immensely as a person. I am much more patient and calm. I have found my stride with my sense of humour and I have learned to work with and get on with so many different people of all ages.

As I go in to the start of the school year I can't think of any other job I'd want to do right now.


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