Teaching an Active Lifestyle

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.