TEACHER OF THE MONTHWhat was your dream job as a child? Why?
I wanted to be a truck driver after seeing the film Convoy. Then when I was about 12 I decided I wanted to join the Army but I got talked out of it, when I was about 15, and instead joined the Royal Navy.
Did you have any nick names as a child? If so how did you come up with them?
In the navy I had the nickname ‘Jammin’. They came up with it because my name is Benjamin.
How long have you been a teacher? What schools have you taught in?
I have been a teacher for 16 years. I taught in schools in London for 9 years , then I taught in El Salvador for 3 years. And then when I came back to the UK I moved to Birmingham and here I am now being interviewed.
What was your favourite book as a child? Why?
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I can’t remember why it was my favourite book.
What is your favourite song?
Curtis Mayfield. Move on up.
What inspired you to be a teacher?
I had a bad time at school and wanted children to have a better experience than I had; so I became a teacher.
What is your favourite food? Why?
I don’t really have a favourite food. I love cooking and eating. One of the best things about travelling is getting the chance to eat different food. I love all foods; though Spanish, Italian and French cuisines are probably my favourites.
Did you play for any football teams?
Yes I played for the school football team, my county and I played for my village. I also played in the navy. But then I got an injury. I don’t play football anymore but I sometimes play with the kids.
If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?
I would be a chef because I like cooking and I would like to own a restaurant.
If you could have any super power what would it be why?
It would be flight because I’m scared of flying (more accurately I’m scared of falling).
If you could travel in time where would you go and why?
I would go to back in time to Wembley stadium 1967 league cup final because it’s the only time QPR have won anything.
If you were stuck on a desert island and you could have you anybody with you, who would it be?
It would Bear Grylls because he is a survival expert.
If you could grow really tall or shrink forever, which one?
I would grow really tall.
And finally if you were stuck on a desert island and you had one of the KNN team who would it be? Why?
Amelia, because she is in the Sea Cadets. Then I could build a raft and try to get to safety.