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Personally speaking - 'I start every day with a prayer'

Stella Blaize taught at Islington Green School in London and now runs a motivational organisation called Blaizing Circle, which aims to raise the ambitions of young people in the inner city

Stella Blaize taught at Islington Green School in London and now runs a motivational organisation called Blaizing Circle, which aims to raise the ambitions of young people in the inner city

What is your career high so far?

When Ofsted inspectors rated me as outstanding. This was a bit of shock, but I was ignited as I have always done my utmost best at work. It was an exciting experience and the head wanted to know what exactly I did that intrigued the inspector.

What was your worst moment in teaching?

I felt really ill in my classroom and could not control myself and was sick in the class. Sometimes when I have flashbacks I feel horrified at the thought. Luckily it was a Friday so I had the weekend to recover.

Which pupil are you most proud of?

I'm particularly proud of a pupil who was labelled negatively but turned over a new leaf and got five A-C GCSEs. The honest truth is I am proud of most of my pupils as I see them as my own children. I keep in contact with a few and this has been made easier with Facebook.

What is the best advice you have been given?

Someone once told me that to succeed in life simply remember and apply three principles: persistence, patience and prayer. This advice still helps me today. I am very persistent and patient and start every day with a prayer.

What would you be if you hadn't become a teacher?

A politician, because I could influence positive changes speedily, among many other reasons.

What do you do on a Friday evening?

I sometimes go out with friends or host a dinner for family or read a good book. It depends on what mood I'm in.

Where did you last go on holiday - and why?

Paris with my children and it was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed Disneyland and, of course, we visited the Eiffel Tower.

What was the last book you read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I have since recommended the book to a lot of people. I gained from it and hoped those I recommended it to appreciated the message behind the story as well.

What is the worst excuse you have ever heard?

Pupils who say they were absent from school because the washing machine broke down and they couldn't wash their uniform. I laugh and tell them there is a reason God gave you two hands; next time use them.

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