Mark Pears, IT Teacher, Rossett School
Mark is an IT teacher at Rossett School in Harrogate. Mark also teaches Computing Science & Economics and Business Studies. He trained to be a teacher at Leeds Trinity and has been teaching for 10 years now.
“You get to influence a lot of young people’s lives in a small way every single day.”
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
What I enjoy about teaching is a combination of factors. Firstly, schools tend to be cheerful and positive places with the optimism and vivaciousness that young people convey. I choose to make my environment a relaxed one because that’s when students learn best. Secondly you get to influence a lot of young people’s lives in a small way every single day, and occasionally in a big way: you get to choose the degree of influence you have via your demeanour, your enthusiasm, your passion for the topic, your expectations, your standards, your rapport with and respect for young students. These things matter and really do make a difference whether you think so or not. Thirdly, I didn’t realise it but in my previous sales and IT careers the aspects I’d enjoyed most were when I was helping other people. That has always given me genuine job satisfaction. Hence teaching was a logical destination for me.
What do you like most about the school you teach in?
The students are on my wavelength and I hope I am on theirs. The staff are friendly and supportive and on the whole we, as teachers, are allowed to get on with our work without hindrance. We are encouraged and given free rein to try out new methods and ideas. The variety of subjects and extra-curricular activities and trips on offer here makes the school an inspiring community to be a part of.
What advice would you give to people who are thinking about training to be a teacher?
Becoming a teacher is an adventure, which like any good adventure has its ups and downs. However the ups far outweigh the downs. If the teaching seed has already germinated in your mind then you must find the courage to give it a go. If you get the initial buzz I did when I tried my first 10 minute lesson then you won’t regret the path this rewarding career will take you down. You don’t just get out of it what you put into it. If you’re a hard worker (and often that means working smartly) then this career gives back tenfold.
What do you like about North Yorkshire?
The quality of life and open space. The friendly people. The proximity to stunning countryside even if living in the middle of Leeds. Pubs, eateries, craft ales and cycling facilities.