Peter Read

Profesor limba engleză

„A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, taught the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, and the most recent exciting step in my journey has seen me move to Bucharest, a city I felt at home in from my very first visit two years ago. I am loving life in Romania and count myself lucky to have found a place at Aletheea School whose staff have given me the warmest and most supportive of welcomes. More than most schools, here feels like a family and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.

I have over thirty years of primary school teaching experience in the United Kingdom and qualifications of a BA Joint Honours Degree in Modern History and Economics and a Post Graduate teaching award both from the University of Manchester. I have taught at schools in the North East of England, in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. My classes have been Year 4 (age 8 to 9 years,) Year 5 (age 9 to 10 years) but mostly Year 6 (age 10 to 11 years.) This is the final year in Primary School in the UK and is marked by important year end SATs papers in English and Maths before children move to Secondary School. I want to bring this experience to help children develop a love of language and a proficiency and confidence in its use, primarily through conversation and literature. English is an international language, central to the worlds of business, finance, computing and the Arts. It is rich in music, literature and poetry and fluency in it enhances personal, social and a future working life for all children.

A teacher, I believe, is a guide and facilitator, an enthusiast for learning and knowledge who leads children, partners them and is sometimes led by them, in expanding horizons and creating opportunities to grow.

Teacher’s thoughts for the first day of school:

„Let me be just what they need,
If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy,
If they need sympathy, let me be sympathetic,
If they need love (and they do need love) let me love, in full measure.
Let me not anger easily, but let me be just.
When I stand before them, let me look strong and good and honest and loving,
And let me be as strong and good and honest and loving as I look to them.
Help me to counsel the anxious, crack the covering of the shy and temper the rambunctious
with a gentle attitude.
Permit me to teach only the truth,
Help me inspire them so that learning will not cease at the classroom door.
Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.
Finally, permit me to learn the lessons they teach.” –