Sharon Robertson, a teacher at GEMS Wellington Primary School – Dubai, has been presented with the ‘Mariamma Varkey Award for Inspirational and Outstanding Teaching in the Early Years’. We spoke to her to find out about her career and what drives her?
GEMS Family: How long have you been teaching?
Sharon Robertson: I’ve been teaching since 2004. I have taught in England, Australia, Scotland, and now in the U.A.E., where I moved two years ago.
GEMS Family: When it comes to teaching what drives you?
Sharon Robertson: I think it’s more to do with what the children are learning than what I am teaching. That is what drives me: you do not know what you are going to get with the children, and then you just start seeing it. For me, it’s focusing on the learning. Everyone’s learning journey is different and their take is different. And you just have to keep up with that. That’s what drives me because it is not boring. It’s energetic and fun.
GEMS Family: What do you think sets you apart from other teachers?
Sharon Robertson: I am very open to children being children. When I sit with a group of children, it’s all about relationships, behaviour and respect. A successful teacher is about the ideas that aren’t yours necessarily, but ideas that come from the children. I don’t think I am amazing, and I know that if the children aren’t learning then I’m not doing something right. But most of all, I love my job.