Interview with Mr Andy Geer by two Year 7 Students
What is your favourite subjects to teach and why?
I love maths. I love teaching maths the most as I love the look in kids eyes and when they get a tricky concept or when they learn something new and especially when they are able to solve a problem from something they have just learnt, yep maths is my favourite subject to teach.
What are some of your favourite memories or accomplishments from teaching?
There are always different memories you have from each year, you get a little buzz from teaching every child and seeing each child grow. However, I just love seeing those kids who start the year as a shy quiet child, I love to see them grow and have a go at things and start to believe in themselves more. That’s a highlight every year.
What made you want to become a teacher?
I’m a pretty relaxed sort of guy, so I went through primary and high school not knowing what I wanted to do, I thought maybe becoming an accountant as I love maths, but everyone said I would get bored. Then people starting telling me that you love kids and you love people so why don’t you become a teacher, so I did. During my first year at Uni I went on my first teaching prac in a school and I absolutely loved it, so I got lucky.
If you didn’t become a teacher what would you be doing?
I don’t know I love teaching, I can’t actually picture myself doing anything else, but if I was to do something else I think it would be down the accountant or engineering line.
What is your least favourite thing about being a teacher?
Sometimes I don’t love the paperwork, the risk assessments and those sorts of things, oh and filling out all of the planners. I love the 9am – 3pm teaching side with students, but don’t enjoy all of the paperwork stuff.
How do you make sure you have a fair classroom?
I don’t think fair is always about treating everyone exactly the same as we are all different and some kids need different things from other kids. Having a fair classroom is about building relationships with each kid and knowing what that kids needs and when they need it, so a fair classroom is about knowing your kids and what they need.
What advice would you give a new teacher starting at Redeemer?
I think the advice I’d give is that you are not going to be perfect, no teacher will ever be perfect, all you can do is try your best and learn off other teachers and children. One of the biggest mistakes I have learnt from when I first started teaching, was trying to be friends with all of the kids rather than their teacher. I wanted them to like me and sometimes as a young teacher that can be the mistake you make. I learnt that they like you more when they know the boundaries and you can be the trusted adult rather than their friend, so that’s the advice I’d give a new teacher that you’re their teacher and that you’re there to support them.
What do you think makes Redeemer stand out from other schools?
Redeemer has always been a special school and has a special feel to it. As soon as you walk in to this school you feel something special, it was 12 years ago when I first came here and when you walk into Redeemer you don’t want to leave. I think it’s the kids, the special group of students and the culture we have in our community, just a special feel which makes you love being here.
Year 7 students ~Redeemer Lutheran School