1) What do you love most about teaching Year 4?
I see a lot of kids really coming out of their shell at this age. They begin to recognise what they like and develop a more individual and unique personality. Passions are ignited and debates stir which makes teaching a lot more stimulating.
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I was a bit of a recluse growing up. I went to two schools in London, an English and a Polish school so a lot of my time was taken up by learning. When it came to the good stuff, I had lost momentum and interest so I had no energy for learning at University, which is a shame as I missed out on doing what I loved. Luckily, I fell into teaching and found my path again and it is one of the only things that gets me out of bed in the morning. In England, I taught in a school in a very deprived area, where I became Head of Maths, which was my favourite subject at school, and Head of Key Stage 2 in my fourth year of teaching. It was great to mentor and coach teachers because you know that one day they will pass on the same skills and their own secrets to new teachers.
3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?
The end of every year is amazing because you have built such a close and trusting relationship with the children in your class and they have grown and made huge progress in all aspects of their development due to your guidance and support. For me though, it would be the whole school impact I had in my Senior Leader roles in my previous school, where I improved attainment and progress for children in Maths by working with teachers in the school and supported them to get Good and Outstanding during observations and inspections. This kind of work means I have impact on the learning of many more children than those in my class which is why I would love to have my own school one day.
And now for some light-hearted questions
4) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oh dear, you promised these questions would be easy! I would have the city life of Tokyo mixed with Berlin, the landscapes of Iceland, the climate of Brazil and the people and food from Bali all woven through the history, culture and skiing and sailing in Europe.
5) If you could get a Selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If I was in a serious mood, I would love a selfie with Noam Chomsky because I have never disagreed but respected someone as much as him, except my dad, but on most days I would settle for a snap with Dwayne Johnson just to see if we can both fit into a pic at once and if he really is as nice and unspoilt by fame as he seems.
6) If you weren’t a teacher, what alternative career path do you think you would have taken and why?
I’m very interested in current affairs and international relations so a politician but markswoman in my spare time.
7) If you could choose one actress to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why? Well I’d love to be played by Scarlett Johansson but I think Miss Piggy is more realistic.
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
I love French food so Coquille is high on the list, which is a classically decorated seafood bistro but I recently went to Hakkasan for Valentine’s Day and the view of the Bund complimented the delicious food and cocktails perfectly.
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
Since arriving in China, my iPhone has become my parasitic limb (for SmartShanghai, Skype and WeChat). To get around, my beautiful, vintage bike and we can’t forget Mr Hudspith… but I’m sneaking in a cheeky fourth – Avocado Lady, she looks after me!
10) Did you do anything exciting for the Chinese New Year break?
I made the very brave decision to stay in Shanghai with my boyfriend and dog sit but it turned out to be the best decision. The city was quiet and the sky was sunny, we even had 23C one day. I fell in love with the city and had a very relaxing and decadent staycation complete with a romantic Valentine’s Day.
Thank you for your time Ms Gorecka.
Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager