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

15th October 2010 at 01:00
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.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now