Sara Sheldon, Secondary Library and Literacy Lead
What is your happy space?
Family time with my husband and daughter. The sun shining helps too, as does a good book.
Tell us a less-known fact about you.
I lived in a rural farming community in northern Japan for two years after university. I was the only non-Japanese person for miles and felt like a celebrity – people would even look through my shopping basket when I wasn’t looking to see what I ate!
What is your favourite project/activity at GIS?
Is it cheating to have two? Our reading mentors programme makes a real difference to students who benefit from 1:1 time with volunteer students. I was also astounded at how much The Big Read raised, particularly as it was the first year. Both projects highlight the incredible impact our students can have on the lives of others.
How did you get into the teaching profession?
I worked for the educational charity ‘Teach First’ before I trained to become a teacher. Every time I visited a school, I just wanted to be in the classroom. I thought it must be a sign. I have never looked back; I have the best job in the world.
What is the greatest thing of being a teacher?
The reality that we can make a profound difference to the lives of young people; the responsibility that everything that we say and do can have a real impact on someone.
I wish… there were more days in a week and more hours in a day.
Describe GIS in three words.
Vibrant, innovative and collaborative.