I love working with children and helping them to develop skills and build their confidence.

Satinder Smith, Overmonnow Primary School

I am a Primary School teacher in Southeast Wales. I am the youngest of five children, with three older sisters and one brother. We grew up in a traditional Sikh household with Punjabi being our first language at home. By the time I went to school this had changed as my siblings all spoke English. My brother was the first to go to University in the family and I was the first girl. I studied Psychology and History. After this I started working initially in a call centre, leading to a training role but then HR, where I studied again to gain the CIPD qualification.

I took a career break while raising my three children and began volunteering for the Pre School that they attended and later at the primary school. When all three children were at school I trained to be a Teaching Assistant, after a few years I was running intervention groups of my own and I decided to take the next step and qualify as a Teacher.

I love working with children and helping them to develop skills and build their confidence. It is a very rewarding role, it can be challenging at times, however each year it gets easier, and I feel equipped to deal with a variety of situations. My biggest motivator is seeing the children enthused and wanting to find out more, or seeing a child come out of their shell as they grow in confidence.

Having teachers from a diverse background can provide a positive experience to all children, but it can make a real difference to the children who see children like them in a role that is important in their lives.