Ms Mitchell

Ms MitchellRole at MBS Sixth Form: Teacher of English and Form Tutor of 13F

Since: September 2019

What inspired you to go into teaching?

I realised in Year 8 that I wanted to become an English Teacher. I loved the subject, loved reading and truly thought my own English Teacher was iconic and inspirational. My English Teacher (Miss Coombs!) did not just teach me about the subject, she taught me to be brave and never stopped encouraging me and pushing me. Her devotion to her job was what inspired me and I have her to thank for a lot of my academic journey.

What attracted you to work at MBS?

MBS was the only school I applied for when I was qualifying to teach. I had never worked in a city school before and had trained to teach at home. I wanted to teach in a school that was completely different and new to me. I was attracted to this school because of the ethos and the community that this school had created. When I came for my interview, I saw the relationships and trust that the students and teachers had and how the students admired their teachers.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is, quite simply, the moment a student realises they can do it and I have helped them believe that.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am super proud of completing my Masters in English Literature. The course was more difficult than I had envisioned and it took a lot of support and green tea.

Why should a student choose your subject at A Level?

English helps you to communicate, assign meaning to words, explore interpretations, provide analysis, challenge assumptions, engage with context, form convincing arguments. All of the latter are skills you need both professionally and personally.

What book or film inspired you the most in your subject?

MATILDA! Forever my favourite book and film. “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

What words of wisdom would you give your 17-year-old self?

Don't forget that good things take time.

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