For me it was definitely English Literature in upper secondary school as not only did I love good books and grew to love poetry, but I had the best teacher ever.
She was Miss Penelope Shone from New Zealand. She had lovely curls and the best smile. She was essentially the kindest, most wonderful teacher I’ve ever had.
The way she taught, inspired so much passion in me. She made me appreciate the beauty of poetry. Especially the depiction of nature in the poetry of Wordsworth.
She sat up on the table to act out Shakespeare’s Twelth Night with such passion. And the way she explained all the metaphors in detail allowed me to fully experience the genius of the playwright.
She recommended that we go watch the movie Amadeus, before it even won all those Oscars and it’s clearly one of my favourite movies.
I will forever be grateful for you Miss Shone and so lucky to have crossed paths with you as a 14 and 15 year old and thank my lucky stars that you chose teaching as your vocation at that time in your life.
After the torture and abuse at my primary school, I really needed to be in a healthy learning environment; where learning could actually be a joy.