Thanks Jan Sonne,

Marist School (Mt Albert)

Jan Sonne was my fourth form English teacher and she was my ‘the’ teacher. As melodramatic as it may sound, Ms. Sonne changed my life forever. She was the first teacher that treated me like an adult, really listened to me, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the time she spent teaching. She went way above the call of duty, making Shakespeare come alive for us, creating anything but boring lessons, and organised the best field trips ever! She gave me the gift of believing in myself.
I believe that teachers have the opportunity to have a profound affect on their students. I also believe that this opportunity is an awesome responsibility and one that must not be taken lightly. Thanks for all you did for me Mrs Sonne – it made a huge difference to my life.

from Claire Farnan