I attended the Teach Meet held by The Costello School. I was incredibly nervous to be back in my old school but I was still excited to see how the school had transformed itself within the five years of me leaving in 2014.

Everything looked the exact same to how I left it four years prior. There were some new teachers, a lot of my old teachers (including my PE teacher which instantly made me nervous – I haven’t done PE in five years, please don’t make me do it now), and most importantly, my favourite teacher of all-time was there.

She was my Religious Education teacher back then, or Religious Studies as it changed halfway through my time at the school. She informed me she was now the Head of Department – which was great, she really deserved it – and I informed her that I had done it. When I left, I wrote her a card that told her she inspired me to go into teaching so I could be just like her. I had a wobble along the way but standing there 5 years on, after successfully teaching two different groups of level 3 students, I could say I had done it. That’s not to say I’m not going to stop there. Teaching is definitely in my future.

The Teach Meet was very interesting and it felt much like being a pupil again sat in the big hall on the plastic chairs looking up at the stage. Although, I didn’t get much out of it, I did get to feel good in myself and proud of my achievements. I wouldn’t say this often but I have come far since I was 15, leaving school and struggling to find a path due to the lack of GCSE maths. I am very happy with the person I’ve become but there’s so much more I know I can do.

Mrs. Brown, thank you for inspiring me to become a teacher. I don’t think I’m quite as good as you, but I’m learning and I’m growing. I’ll get there. I think inspiring me to become a teacher is one of the best things anyone has ever done for me.