Star teacher of the week

Lucy Mogotsi is a grade 1 learner at People’s Primary School in Windhoek.

16 November 2021 | Education

PULL QUOTE: Lucy Mogotsi, teacher: “Working with kids is never boring.”

1. Can you tell us more about your teaching journey?

I returned to Namibia after completing my primary and secondary education in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. I initially started my teaching degree at Akademie, now known as the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), but due to financial troubles had to drop out after my first year.

In 1995, after having had to abandon my tertiary studies, I started work at a local Montessori school. I had no formal training; I was driven by love.

Two years later, I started my role as a teaching assistant at Windhoek International School, where I worked for 12 years. I was able to complete my teaching degree in 2007 and graduated cum laude from the Windhoek College of Education.

After 14 years in education, I decided it was time to bring the knowledge I had gained closer to home. I decided to start work at People’s Primary School in Katutura in 2011, where I teach grade one.

2. What do you love most about being a teacher?

I remember my fascination with a primary school teacher and credit this exact fascination as the origin of my passion. I was inspired by one of my primary school teachers in the way that she taught us, the way that she dressed and how she loved and care for her learners.

What I love most about teaching is seeing learners learn what I taught them and seeing them become confident by the end of the year. My students are not the only ones learning.

3. What are some of the lessons your learners have taught you?

My learners have taught me the value of sharing and they have shown me that even teachers do not know everything. I have often struggled to find a way to explain something to a class and then a learner will find the simplest way of explaining it to the class.

Working with kids is never boring.

4. What are some of the challenges you face as a teacher?

The behaviours of certain learners, the discipline and the classroom management are challenges you face daily. You also need to balance learning needs and understanding your children as well.

55. What are some of the qualities a teacher should have?

A teacher should be able to communicate clearly, be a good listener, have patience and empathy. You need to promote an environment of learning.

66. What are some of your hobbies?

I love singing and reading. I am inspired by people who work hard, are dedicated, honest and truthful and lead by example.

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