Young teachers also experience first-day jitters

Two Plettenberg Bay teachers knew exactly what their wide-eyed Grade 1s were going through yesterday as they, too, experienced their fair share of first-day jitters.

Plettenberg Bay Primary’s newest teacher, Erena Stofberg, and Sheri Joubert of Formosa Primary not only started their journey at a new school yesterday, but also experienced their first day as teachers, fresh out of university.

Despite the nerves, the two settled into their positions and dealt with the tears and the questions.

“I love children and come from a large family of five children, so this is definitely the career for me,” Stofberg, from Rawsonville in the Western Cape, said.

Soon after the new pupils settled in, the hands went up to grab “teacher’s” attention.

“My name is Janlu and I’m six years old and I love watermelon,” Janlu Westraadt from Plettenberg Bay Primary said while shyly introducing himself.

At Formosa Primary, Joubert, who is from Cradock, took time to remember each pupil’s name and their ambitions.

“They [Free State University] prepared us well and our practical was invaluable,” Joubert said.

She said she decided to become a Grade 1 teacher as she had a passion for education and children. “Not only do you teach them, but you learn a lot from them,” she said.

-Yolande Stander

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