All about me - Family - and shoes - are crucial

31st October 2008 at 00:00
Victoria Thomas, 27, is Year 1 teacher at Pennard Primary School in Swansea

What's the best advice you've been given?

When I was on my final teaching practice, my mentor told me that you always need to have a good work-life balance and I think that's important.

What's your proudest achievement?

Becoming a teacher. I never thought I would get this far. It was always a dream of mine but I didn't think I'd pull it off and I'm now in my sixth year.

Who do you most admire?

I admire people in my family: my parents, grandparents and my husband. They have supported me by being there and backing me up whatever I do. My husband always brings me back down to earth and he calms me down.

What is the song of your life?

"Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls, because it relates back to having a good work-life balance; you have always got to have a bit of fun in your life.

What one thing would change your life for the better?

Having more sunshine and better weather. You can't go out and about and do anything when it's raining.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Catherine Zeta-Jones because she's a proper Welsh character and a very good actress.

What's the secret about teaching that the wider world doesn't know?

People always expect you to be on top form and full of energy. They also think the job is so easy. Even friends who realise the amount of work I do think that you finish at 3pm and that's it.

Where is your favourite place?

Las Vegas. I went there on my honeymoon this summer and it was the second time I'd been there. It's definitely the best place in the world and it's always changing.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

I'd love to go to Australia but I can't see me going there because I really hate flying and it would be a nightmare.

Apart from the job, what three things are the most important to you?

My family, friends and shoes.

What do you wish you'd known when you started teaching that you know now?

You can't do absolutely everything. I used to go home in a panic but you have to prioritise and not try and get everything in on time.

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