Liz & Mickey
Mud Pies: 談談你的教學經驗以及什麼是你在教學中最享受的?
Liz: 要從何說起呢？我喜歡教學。在我擔任教師前是從事商業方面的工作，雖然當中有時會感到興奮，但我並沒有在工作中得到很多的滿足感。我在香港生活及教學已經超過10年，而每一日對我而言都是新鮮的。令我享受的原因，大部分來自看見學生建立自主而能夠突破困難。每一個微小的成功也在提高孩子的信心，而我們其中一個目標便是，希望每一天每一個學生來到Mud Pies會是他們當天的亮點。這些亦推動著我堅持在每一節課堂中都要發掘每一日學生的優點。
Mud Pies: 對你而言，家在哪裡?
Mud Pies: 你覺得MUD PIES最好的地方是什麼?
Liz: 我要在這裡打破規則 – 這裡有不止一樣最棒的事情。我們優秀的團隊，包括了不起又有耐心的老師及行政同事，可愛的孩子和父母。我喜歡每天與他們一起的交流，這令Mud Pies成為非常好的工作地方。
Mud Pies: 小朋友們都怎樣形容你?
Liz: 我面對面問孩子的時候他們說 “友善，歡樂，笑面迎人”（我沒有收買他們！）
但在我背後他們怎麼說，我不知道，我也寧願不知道.....也許他們會叫我Trunchbull (羅爾德·達爾 著作’瑪蒂達’中的那個兇惡校長)！
Mud Pies: 你最喜愛的兒童讀物是什麼?
Liz: 儘管我現在是從事兒童教育，但我小時候並不愛看書。在我童年的時候，我喜歡羅爾德‧達爾的《飛天巨桃歷險記》。成年之後，我喜歡朱莉婭‧唐納森的《小魚兒》。這書既有趣又吸引。我更會給我的女兒閱讀這些書籍 :)
Mud Pies: 什麼地點/事情會令你愉快?
Mud Pies: What is your experience of teaching and what do you enjoy most about it?
Liz: Where do I start? I adore teaching. Before I started teaching, I came from a corporate background and although incredibly exciting at times, I did not get fulfillment out of my work. I've been teaching and working with parents in Hong Kong for more than 10 years and every day is completely different. I think most of my enjoyment comes from seeing kids develop and crack difficulties they've had. Those small successes are so important because they really boost a child's confidence and I'm all about raising happy and confident kids. One of our company goals is to make every child's day. I can honestly say that I stick to this wholeheartedly and find something great in every child in every lesson.
Mud Pies: Where is 'home' for you?
Liz: I'm so lucky- I have 'two' homes. Home is where my family is and that is here in Hong Kong and in England. I'm so fortunate because I live in the best places. In HK, I live in Discovery Bay and in the UK I live in Stratford upon Avon. I love the hustle and bustle of HK and I love the green grass, blue skies and fresh air of England.
Mud Pies: What is the best thing about Mud Pies?
Liz: I'm going to break the rules here - there is more than one best thing. Our fabulous teachers, our amazing and patient management and office staff, our lovely children and caring parents all make Mud Pies the best place in the world to work. I love interacting with them all on a daily basis.
Mud Pies: How would your students best describe you?
Liz: I asked them - to my face they said "Friendly, happy, smiley" (I didn't pay them for those answers - honest!)
Behind my back I have no idea and I'd rather not know.....Maybe they call me the Trunchbull!
Mud Pies: What is your favourite children's book?
Liz: I didn't like reading as a child so this is a difficult one for me despite the fact that I'm in children's education. From my childhood, I loved Roald Dahl and of his books, I loved James and the Giant Peach. As an adult I love Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. It's fun and captivating. I love reading this to our daughter too:)
Mud Pies: What activity, place or thing makes you happiest?
Liz: Being with my family, having fun and getting fresh air. I'm very silly and love laughing. Making time for fun is just as important as all the other jobs on my to- do list!