With 16 years of teaching experience, Wayne Grant is ensuring his students gain a positive outlook on physical education not only for a healthy body but a healthy mind.
Teacher: Wayne Grant
From: London, U.K.
School: Utahloy International School Zengcheng
Subjects: Physical Education
What inspired you to become a teacher?
Most people talk about teachers that inspired them when they were students. For me, I always felt frustrated when I met adults and they would say they are not into sports because the teachers they had in P.E. put them off. So, I wanted to address this issue and ensure that all students within my care had a positive experience in sports and lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
Also, I competed at a high level in football and athletics and I wanted to support young people who have the potential and desire to take their sporting interest further.
What is the most special Teachers’ Day gift? Why is it so special?
I would say a picture of me with the students I coached, with a message from the students thanking me for helping them to perform and compete at the highest levels.
I don’t believe there is a more rewarding job to be honest.
If you must choose an animal to represent a teacher’s role, what is it? Why?
An owl. They are wise, and they can rotate their heads 270 degrees to keep an eye on everyone.
What is the best part of being a teacher?
Working with the students, watching them grow in confidence, challenge themselves and begin to research the subject without prompting, demonstrating a personal interest.
What is the most difficult part of being a teacher?
Saying goodbye to the students when you have completed a contract.