Hi! I'm Colleen
I am a wife...
I am a mother...
I am a daughter...
I am a sister...
I am a friend...
I am a teacher...
I am a homemaker...
I am a cook...
I am a nurse...
I am a confidant...
A little bit about me...
I come from a wonderful, loving family.
My parents always did their best to teach us important values to live by…
- hard work
- and many more…
These are values that I am striving to teach my own children now.
In school I loved mathematical subjects.
When I was given the opportunity to choose subjects at the end of Grade 9, I was thrilled to be able to drop subjects like History, Geography and Biology (much to my parents’ disappointment, I think – my mother is a doctor and my father is a botonist). As you can probably guess, I was not a huge fan of subjects that required a lot of fact memorization!
Instead, I was able to take subjects that I actually enjoyed – Mathematics, Physical Science, Music and Accounting. I would have liked to have taken Art – but I have to admit that the Art History put me off!
After I finished school, I decided to study education.
I have a Bachelor of Education for Foundation Phase (South Africa’s equivalent of Kindergarten to 3rd Grade).
While I was studying, I majored in Mathematics. When I was doing my practice teaching, I realized that this was where my passion truly lay (which I suppose shouldn’t really have been a surprise!).
Since I discovered that I really wanted to teach Mathematics, when I finished my studies at the end of 2008, I sought a position as a High School Mathematics teacher.
I was very fortunate that the school where I had done my practice teaching was happy to employ me, and I began teaching there in January 2009.
I learned a great deal while I was teaching there, and grew both personally and professionally. I stayed there for 4 years, and while I was there, I was lucky to be given the opportunity to teach all grades from Grade 8 through to Grade 12.
I was also incredibly fortunate to be given the opportunity to teach A Level Mathematics and Mechanics – an experience through which I really learned a lot.
After 4 years, I needed to move to a different school, where I would be teaching not only Mathematics, but also Physical Science. I will readily admit that this prospect terrified me! I had not really studied Science since I was in school myself, and I was particularly afraid at the idea of doing experiments!
So, with great trepidation, I embarked on the next phase of my career…
And discovered that I really enjoyed teaching Physical Science – much to my surprise! It took a lot of work and a lot of learning, but the growth I experienced was incredible. I think I can even say that by the end of my time at this school, I actually liked teaching Science more than Mathematics!
I stayed at this school for 6 years, and then, at the end of 2018, I decided it was time to resign so that I could focus on my family.
In the last year of my studies, I married my wonderful husband.
We now have beautiful children of our own, whom we love dearly.
Parenting is definitely a full-time job, and a constant learning experience!
Each child is so different – with different strengths and weaknesses, different talents and interests and different personalities. It definitely makes life interesting!
It is wonderful seeing your children grow and develop as they learn new things and come into their own.
It is not so wonderful seeing them becoming just like you – in the worst ways possible! Trying to discipline myself out of my children is a real challenge – and it makes me hyper-aware of my own faults!
I am also developing a constantly increasing respect and appreciation for my parents – considering the fact that our naughtiest child is exactly like I was when I was small! I do at least have hope that she will improve – I mean, I did…didn’t I? (Please say I did!)
In spite of the challenges involved in parenting, I am so thankful for the opportunity we have been blessed with to raise our children.