Star teacher of the week

16 February 2021 | Education

Salome Januarie

Orban Primary School



Why did you become a teacher?

I know every teacher may answer it is to make a difference, but you know what? That is actually the truth. I became a teacher to impart not only knowledge, but also life lessons that my learners will never forget. Being a teacher puts me in a position where I can influence their decisions, behaviours, strengths and weaknesses. I hope to play a role in making each one believe in themselves, despite all the odds against them.

What motivates you every morning to get up and go to work?

What gets me up and to work in the morning is believing in the work I do. That motivates me to get out of bed and tackle the day to the best of my abilities. I like knowing that the work I am doing is producing results that matter to matter around me.

Tell us about challenges and how you overcome them daily?

In these Covid-19 times that we are currently facing, I would say one of the biggest challenges is keeping our children calm and motivated. We have to try and make life at school as "normal" as possible. We need to remain calm and focused enough, because we set the example. When we stress, our kids stress.



What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned from your learners?

My learners have always taught me to stay positive. They teach me to make the best of every opportunity you get. You need to push through and always find a reason to smile.

What are your talents and what are you passionate about?

I love being creative and I love working with my hands. I am passionate about creating something out of nothing and being able to see and appreciate the end result. Creativity is a big part of who I am.

What is your favourite book, car or place to visit in Namibia?

My favourite book is ‘The Power of Praying’ by Stormie Omartian. This continues to inspire me every day. My favourite type of car is a car that is paid off and my favourite place is anywhere and everywhere outdoors. I love nature and being outside!

Can you tell us more about your teaching journey?

When I consider my teaching journey, I think of all the wonderful encounters I have had over the years with my learners. I think of how I became part of their lives, being a witness to their joys and sorrows. It was and still is an absolute privilege to see how these little ones learn, grow and mature.

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