Recently at Punk Me Up, we have been admiring some special Thank You presents for teachers and it got us thinking about our school days…
Joanna interviewed us about where we went to school, who our favourite teacher was and what kind of presents we gave our favourites. For those of you in the know, I was also a teacher and yep my classroom looked a lot like Punk Me Up.
It turns out that talking about school days and favourite teachers with your colleagues can get a little emotional, something that took us quite by surprise!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Toni: Art of course! Life drawing every week during my A-Levels was quite a shock at first, and seeing a lady who worked at my local bank completely nude when I was 16 was rather awkward! It definitely helped with the transition onto Art college and it felt like a very grown up thing to do, every week was different. Although thinking about it every art lesson I had during my A levels totally changed my style, how I drew, my handwriting, the way I thought, everything really.
Fred: I hated Art History, but Art was the best thing. My Art teacher was the first person who told me I was good at something (except my parents!). It took me a long time to gain the confidence to draw in front of people, but I had a great teacher, who helped and encouraged me all the way through.
Charlotte: At primary school, it was probably history because we got to dress up as Victorians and we had a kitchen we could play in, which was loads of fun. By college, it was Art because I realised you could DO Art for a career! Then I went to art foundation and met my favourite teacher……
Who was your favourite teacher?
Toni: Peter Richards. He changed the direction of my life, I was going to dance college until I did A level Art with Mr Richards. Art has been the one common thread in everything I have done since. My other favourite teacher of all time was Mrs Gebbett, she wore jazz shoes Dash tracksuits and I loved her!
Charlotte: Sara Saunders. She was very supportive and encouraged me to believe that I could make it in ‘the real world’!
Fred: In Sweden we call our teachers by first names (or real names as kids call it) Lotta was my Art teacher that inspired and encouraged me so I sent her an email when I started Camberwell and she was so proud of me.
Ok so what kind of gifts did you give these wonderful teachers?
Charlotte: Always a handmade card, and usually some chocolates. But the main thing was definitely a handmade card.
Fred: We used to make things for the teachers like cards. But I only gave them to creative teachers, they were always my favourite!
And Toni, you were a teacher! Which gifts do you have that you have still kept? All the gifts I remember were from my first class! I still have a badge on my denim jacket. I also have two paper weights which look like crystals from a child who again changed the course of my life, I never would have worked in special ed had he not been in my class, he taught me a lot. The most meaningful gift I ever received was a stolen pen from a child that couldn’t read or write, that made me cry!
What was the funniest gift you received? Red pants and a dressing gown!
We all know that a handmade, thoughtful gift is the best way to say “Thanks Teach” and it’s got to be less embarrassing than a pair of red pants!