My big question: Why do jellyfish exist?

6th June 2008 at 01:00
Kelly McKay, 24, is an English teacher and head of house at Castledown School, a comprehensive in Andover, Hampshire
Kelly McKay, 24, is an English teacher and head of house at Castledown School, a comprehensive in Andover, Hampshire

What do you wish you'd known when you started teaching?

There is no such thing as a "free" period, so don't bank on having one.

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

More so than any other profession, everything comes back around.

What's your proudest achievement?

My mum watching me graduate with a good 2:1 from Nottingham University. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, which affects the bowels, at the age of 19, had two operations and was about to be given a colostomy when a new treatment put me into remission. Despite being advised by doctors to abandon university throughout the two years I was ill, I kept going without a break.

What one thing would change your life for the better?

An anti-procrastination device that would chase me from my laptop, to the washing up, to the gym and back again. Or more seriously, a second bedroom in our flat - well, not so much a bedroom, more a "marking overflow".

What is the song of your life?

"Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits.

What's the last book you read and how was it?

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand. Ashamedly, though, my reading time is confined to holidays.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

I'm shallow, so somewhere with stretches of beautiful beaches and clear blue water. St Lucia, Belize, the Maldives, typical honeymoon spots where I can read lots and look for exciting things living in the sea.

If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be?

Geoffrey Chaucer - he was such a fantastic writer whose stories were wickedly funny.

Apart from the job, what are your most important things?

My family, which is small and mainly composed of cats; my friends scattered all over the world. And David, my boyfriend of the past five years, who makes me think about everything in a different way.

What's the big question about life that you would most like answered?

Why do jellyfish exist? I hate them, ever since one stung me on Christmas Day in Australia in 1997.

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