We all know what a fantastic job our teachers do, but this World Teachers’ Day we really wanted to show our appreciation and say a giant thank you! Sparking passion, igniting curiosity, and inspiring the next generation, they truly are among the unsung heroes of our society.
In fact, we were so excited by the chance to celebrate that we teamed up with some very special Magic Breakfast supporters to reminisce and pay tribute to their favourite teachers who each played a monumental part in shaping their lives going forward.
Star of Masterchef: The Professionals and Tales From A Kitchen Garden, chef Marcus Wareing took time to remember his very first catering lecturer at Southport College, Mike Cundall, who he described as a ‘fabulous man’. He added: “I remember him because he bought joy, happiness, education and passion into the classroom. He made the education element accessible to me and opened my imagination up and made me believe the things I needed to pass my exams were achievable. He is a hero of mine.”
Hard work and discipline were things instilled in former Hollyoaks and Grange Hill actress Jacqueline Boatswain, by her ballet teacher Miss Bebb. Jacqueline who is still in touch with her today said: “She just saw me and encouraged me and believed in me.”
A passion and flair for acting was captured in a young Russell Tovey when he starred in a school production. The actor loved for his roles in Him& Her, Being Human and who can currently be seen in BBC 3 comedy series Juice, said: “I remember my drama teacher Mrs Swan. She really inspired me. She cast me as Tobias Wragg in my first year of senior school and I loved it.”
Actress Sarah Hadland has fond memories of Mrs Wilton who she remembers as ‘strict and very hardcore’ but whom she ‘absolutely loved’. The star of Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Horrible Histories, added: “I think you remember good teachers because they have a lasting effect on you.”
Thank you to all the above who gave up their time to share memories of their favoured teachers. They say a great teacher is difficult to part with and impossible to forget. Mike Cundall, Miss Bebb, Mrs Swan and Mrs Wilton are certainly testament to that.