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Being a teacher is being a survivor. I go to work every day with a smile on my face and hope to conquer the classroom with the children I teach. Most of the time, I can feel the stress bearing down on me, but still, I survive. 

My alarm wakes me up at the crack of dawn each day. I stumble out of bed, have a hot tea or Lemonade, take a shower, put on my teacher dress of armor with a shimmer of warm heart, and head to work ready to face another day. I try my best every day to see the best in every child because the truth is, it isn’t always easy. Most of these children are tough, but I am persistent. So I survive.

Whether in a teaching career or any other, you can only go as far as you imagine. The greatest barrier to any achievement is in the mind, and my survival instinct stems from here as well. I always tell my students that they can be motivated to break boundaries and experience drastic improvements in school work, and every other facet of life if only they do not limit their minds to mediocre success. 

I believe every child needs to learn how to push, fight, survive, and win in school and life, and they have us teachers to guide them. This for me is the best thing about being a teacher. I get to play a vital role in shaping the future of a child, and most importantly the future of the nation. 

Iretayo Omojowo in class with her students

I want my students to always remember my class as a lively, and positive environment where they are made to realise that they can do so much more than their young minds can conceive.

A world where every child is well armed with the necessary information to face the rest of the world with confidence and positive energy is the kind I dream of. This fuels my essence as a Teacher.

Even though my students do not remember my name in the next 10 years, I do hope that they remember that they are special, and have a lot to offer the world.

So you think you know Iretayo?

Q: If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?
That would be fashion designing. Although the teacher in me would still want to extend it into establishing a fashion school.

Q: What’s a typical Friday night like for you?
Fridays are quite busy for me but typically, I just relax with friends and family outdoors or indoors.

Q: What’s your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is a game reserve with domestic and wildlife situated in a very serene and vegetative environment.

Q: What’s that one thing most people don’t know about you?
I don’t have an English name.

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