This year I will have been a teacher for twenty-five years.
(That's over half my life!)
I'm really lucky to teach part-time on the Art And Design Foundation Diploma, and it's such an exciting time to see students really flourish and discover their creative identities before they fly away to University or work.
For me, and most teachers I would imagine, this is a strange time of year.
I feel as though I have just closed the story book, and read with teary eyes,
'And they all lived happily ever after.
Yet in the blink of an eye, I'm reading
'Once Upon A Time' again.
When I looked around this morning before the students arrived, I could see that the tidy classroom was beginning to look a lot like an art room once more.
And so it begins again...
Today, one of my students had a real 'light bulb' moment.
And it gets me every time,
and I swear that I learn so much more from my students than they ever could learn from me.
Because she gave herself permission to create the art that she wants to create,
because art is whatever you want it to be.
And they're the moments that make me feel so happy to be a teacher.