1) What do you love most about teaching Year 1 students?
This one is easy – I get to act like a big kid again! There aren’t many jobs where I can design mazes for robots, film weather reports, help puppets count numbers, pretend to be Darth Vader and it still wouldn’t even be lunchtime yet.
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I actually began my working career working at a post-production media house in Camden Town, London. At the time it was my dream job but the further I climbed the ladder the more disengaged I became. I had a strange shift pattern, so I started volunteering at a local special needs school. It was working alongside these dedicated and passionate teachers and incredible young people that I had no choice but to go and my qualifications to teach. Here I am 10 years later!
3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?
I could quite easily tell you many heart-warming stories of how I helped so many wonderful young children achieve beyond, and moments when they come bounding through the doors in the morning with huge smiles and stories to tell. But the one moment that stands out from all the rest was being able to help 10 young boys fulfill a dream that I was never able to – and it still sends a shiver up my spine writing about it now. I was the football coach at my previous very small school. We trained come rain or shine and we went on to win our local football tournament and brought home the coveted trophy – Sir Alex Ferguson had nothing on me that day!
And now for some light-hearted questions.
4) How has life been since the Year 1 superheroes captured your alter ego Robin a few weeks back?
I’ll be honest, I’m sworn to secrecy when it comes to my superhero duties but it’s been stressful. However, teaching hyperactive Year 1 children that have been confined to indoor spaces due to rain, well, I think they’d give any superhero a run for their money!
5) If you could get a selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I could go completely sentimental. But I would be overcome with absolute joy if I could grab a selfie with David Beckham. It wouldn’t just be a quick selfie either. Me and my girlfriend would bump in to David and Victoria in a funky Shanghai jazz bar. We’d grab a few drinks and have a few laughs about his old football days and my team Southend United. The girls would be talking fashion of course. At the end of the night David would actually be asking me for a selfie so he could keep it as a memory of the first night that we became the best of friends.
6) You were destined for a career in comedy before you found your calling in education. What’s your best joke?
I have no idea where you heard that from, there is no truth in that whatsoever.
7) If you could choose one actor to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why? Danny DeVito maybe?
Haha – I’d have to choose 3 different ones for different parts of my persona. Firstly, James Cordon – I often get likened to him and he’s a funny guy. Secondly, Michal Fassbender. He is one of my favourite actors who I can trust to portray the drama in my life well. And finally Ryan Gosling, he’s the only one who can truly represent my charm and handsome looks on screen.
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
Like everyone else, there’s quite a few. For a guaranteed top notch meal that always impresses any visitors it has to be Lost Heaven. If it’s the weekend and I’m feeling hipster then there’s a tiny little ramshackle dumpling shop opposite my local fruit & veg market. 8 steamed dumplings. 16RMB. Sorted.
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
3. Sense of humour
10) Do you have any exciting plans for the Chinese New Year break?
Absolutely. My girlfriend has a work assignment in Osaka for 2 months. So I’ll be jetting straight over and we’ll be spending some time together exploring the southern region of Japan. I really want to find some quiet little Japanese fishing villages, so if anyone out there has any recommendations then drop me an email!
Thank you for your time Mr Webb. Next week, Geography teacher Mr Hill steps into the chair to be interviewed.
Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager