This is the winning entry from last years Young Journalist Award, it might help you to see what you need to ask the person you are interviewing!
YJA 2013 Junior Winner: Alexander Wylie, St Anthony’s Primary School, Marsfield, NSW
Mrs Susan Blyth has been teaching at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School for many years. All her students, past and present, would say the same thing: Mrs Blyth makes learning fun.
‘I was scared to make a mistake’, says Mrs Blyth of her own days at school. Her teachers were very strict. She didn’t want to copy them. I thought, ‘School shouldn’t be like this. I want children to reach their potential.’
She reached a decision when she became a teacher to make learning fun because her teachers were harsh with her. ‘I used to weep at the end of school holidays because my teachers were so mean to me’, says Mrs Blyth.
Mrs Blyth tells stories. ‘One of my favourite stories was when my sister and I were playing with a pavlova that my mum had made and we smashed it in half! I tell it so the students know that I am not perfect, and I also make mistakes’, she explains. ‘I tell stories because I want children to remember things.’
When asked who inspires her, Mrs Blyth responds, ‘All of my fellow teachers, they inspire me. I watch all the things they do and I always think that you can never stop learning.’ Her faith also greatly motivates her every-day life.
Emma Kevric, a student of Mrs Blyth, states, ‘She never minds just a little laugh and is always funny. Mrs Blyth inspires us. She always helps us and she makes work fun and easier for us, which is inspiring for me. She also tells us a lot about Jesus and how he did good things.’
A former student of Mrs Blyth, Natasha Mehta agrees with Emma’s opinion, ‘She would not get angry when you did something wrong. She taught things to us in different ways and would teach us in a way that it wouldn’t matter if you had trouble. She would encourage you to do your best.’
Mrs Blyth is an inspirational teacher. She is funny, not strict, and most especially, makes learning fun.