Mosaic is delighted to announce Kirsty Pollard Mosaic’s School Hero of the Term for Term 1 of the 2014/15 Academic Year.
Kirsty has been doing outstanding work over the last three years with the Mosaic Primary School Programme at Wyndcliffe Primary School in Birmingham.
We asked Kirsty a few questions about her mentoring experiences
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a link teacher?
This year we had a girl in the group who was extremely shy and would not talk or share her views in front of a large group. At the end of week 9 she stood at the front of the room and shared her poster with us all, telling us what she had learned over the weeks at Mosaic. This was a really proud moment for me as her improved confidence really shone through and this was down to being part of the Mosaic programme.
What have you learned from your time as a link teacher?
I have learnt that people do not always find it easy to access education and that the more support they receive the more likely they are to succeed.
What have you found challenging about being a link teacher?
I have found group dynamics challenging at times but this is where the mentors really come in to their own.
And what do you do when you’re not working in school?
Think about school! I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and going to the cinema.
Would you recommend Mosaic mentoring to others? Why?
Yes. It is an extremely rewarding experience and an opportunity to work closely with girls and moms that you would not otherwise get.
What makes a good mentor?
Someone who is committed to attending each session and who is open to sharing their own experiences.
How do you feel about receiving the School Hero Award?
I am honoured to receive this award. However, I would not be able to fulfil my role without the help and support from a great team of people. Our mentors this term were fantastic and made my job so much easier.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Aim high, work hard and have a back up plan just in case. There is nothing that you can’t achieve with patience and determination.
Do you have any other personal reflections on mentoring with Mosaic?
I am proud to be part of Mosaic and to continue delivering it at our school. It really can be life changing for some of our parents and children. A fantastic programme!