Name: Natasha Wildy
Country of Residence: China
Country of Origin: UK
Subjects I teach: Mathematics
Grades I teach: Year 7- 13
Places I’ve lived: South Africa, England, Wales, Finland and China
1. What was your first reaction when you first arrived to Guangzhou?
I thought that it was busy, hot and it rained a lot! After leaving Wales I assumed that I had escaped the rain...
2. What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Personally, being able to develop a love of Maths in students and getting them to see how it applies to real life situations is the best part of teaching.
3. What is the most challenging thing about being a teacher?
It can be challenging to keep up with the amount of work students can get through here at BSG and the level of Maths that the students can be at. I am amazed at the level that students at BSG can push themselves to. It is incredible.
4. What sort of advice can you give to parents moving to a new city with children?
The best advice would be to make friends with someone who has been here for a while as they can offer a breadth of local knowledge, which will help when finding your way around a new city and sourcing various necessities. Also, you should get involved with as much as you can within the community in order to meet other families and make new friends.
5. How does BSG compare to other schools you’ve taught at?
It is such a friendly school, I love that staff talk and socialise together. Everyone seems to have a common enthusiasm for what they do which is refreshing.
6. Who was your role model growing up and why?
My mum was definitely my role model when growing up; she was a teacher as was my entire family. Funnily enough, she actually tried to persuade me not to go into teaching but because she was so good at what she did it had the opposite effect. I ended up becoming a teacher myself and following in her footsteps.
7. What is the one lesson that you want your students to take away with them at the end of the academic year?
Persevere even when things are difficult and never give up! By practising and trying harder in order to improve the achievement will be great.
8. Your favourite quote when it comes to education.
“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein (who was remarkably told that he was rubbish at algebra and maths).
9. What do you do when you get homesick?
I like to go to a western restaurant and eat cheese, as it is the one thing that I truly miss from the UK (apart from pickled onion monster munch).
10. How has your family coped with the move to Guangzhou?
They were worried to start with but instantly fell in love with Guangzhou. They are involved in everything and participate in an endless list of extra curricular activities e.g. orchestra, Fobisia, Musical instrument lessons, school productions, maths club, after school activities and baseball, which has helped them to meet lots of people and make new friends.