Staff Spotlight - Hannah Heskin
Every Friday we feature a member of our staff in our Staff Spotlight! This week, we spoke to Maths and P.E. teacher Hannah Heskin about her teaching career and joining the Alex community this year.
What interested you in teaching?
My grandmother was always like, “You’re going to be a teacher!” when I was 5 years old so I suppose it was always in the back of my mind. I did think of being an actuary, or becoming a physio, but I ended up finding the perfect combination of the two in teaching. I really love helping people learn, and I find it so rewarding to see them improve.
Why is teaching your subject exciting?
Maths is always good for a challenge. Students are always wondering how maths is applicable in real life, so it’s really nice when you can bring in the real life applications and see that there is more to maths than algebra. They always find financial maths with mortgages and income tax so interesting because they can see how it’s useful.
I love teaching P.E. because even though it’s a non-academic subject, it has such importance in other ways. It’s so important to wellbeing and mental health, and it’s a great medium to give students a break while still teaching valuable skills. It’s really nice to see a different side to the students in P.E.
The two subjects do compliment each other, as well. If you’re good at decision making and spatial awareness in sport, that also compliments itself in maths so that you know how to come to the next step in a problem or can mentally picture geometric figures.
Why did you choose to teach at Alex?
I love working with people that are hardworking and driven. There’s a really great buzz around the school because everyone’s so motivated, hoping to achieve their personal best and I enjoy working in that type of atmosphere.
How have you adapted your teaching for Covid-19?
This year we have to be more organised than ever! If you need to use any resources, you have to print them out 72 hours before, isolate them and keep separate boxes for each class. For P.E. we’ve also been doing a lot more individual sports in line with the public health guidelines. We’ve been using so much more ICT this year as well, and it’s been great to all be learning how to use different technologies together.
What has been the highlight of your teaching career so far?
I started up a girls rugby team in a school that I previously taught in, and that was really exciting. It was a school where sports were male-dominated and a lot of girls didn’t get much of a chance to play sports.
How is it being a new teacher this year? What are some of your first impressions of Alex?
I wasn’t really sure what to expect as a new teacher this year with respect to Covid-19. I was in my final year of placement in March when schools closed. It’s a bit weird for everyone right now, adapting to how things have changed with public health guidelines so everyone’s a bit in the same boat. I’m also a 1st Year tutor this year, so we have something in common and we’re all really helping each other. It’s been really full on this year, but the staff are so supportive. Everyone always says, “You’ll never work a day in your life if you enjoy your job” and it’s true, it’s going quite well so far and I’m really enjoying it.