The first brave lady to answer the questions I posed to all the teachers is ALISON PRIDDLE. Here is what she said:
Tell us a little about you and your family?
Mum of two boys Dylan, 8 and Toby, 4. For any of you who are Facebook friends with me personally you will know they are my world and I talk about them a ridiculous amount, but can't stop myself! Toby started P1 this year and so far is loving it..... parent/teacher interview next week so am excited about that!
I have completed Level 1 and 2 British Sign Language (BSL) and have started NVQ Level 3. It's addictive!!
Why did you become a Sign2Music teacher?
Signing with Toby has been an incredibly bonding experience for me and him. I have endless stories of signing moments I have had with Toby (which I torment my poor class members with). Even now at 4 he will use a sign if I am too far away from him to be heard or if I cannot understand his pronunciation. It has 100% removed that frustration and the smile on his face when he knows mummy knows exactly what he wants to say is priceless!
Anyhow... there I go again rattling on about my kids. Deirdre approached me, as she wanted to start classes closer to home and needed someone to take over her North Down classes. Knowing I was studying Level 1 BSL and loved the classes she asked me if I would be interested in becoming a teacher and the rest is history!
Where do you do your classes at the moment?
I hold 10 week block classes in Bangor on a Tuesday and Saturday morning. I also run a drop in class at Snakes n Ladders In Bangor on a Wednesday morning. (Contact me for more info on times and costs)
What are you are most proud of about yourself?
I'm proud that I work hard and that my children are my priority.
I'm not proud that I am such a lousy housekeeper and that I spend half my life chasing my tail!! (all self inflicted)
Your favourite signing experience(s) (personally or one that has been shared with you)?
to get butterflies and feel so close to him knowing I could see the book through his eyes. Totally bonding experience!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Presume we are talking about millions here and not a £10? When the lottery first started I used to say if I won I'd buy myself a brand new Ford Fiesta and would carry on working..... clearly I have
had my head read since then!!
Then I went through a phase (before kids) of thinking I would buy a huge house and foster loads of children, but having my own kids meant I had their feelings to consider in that dream.....
Tell us a secret about you?
Your favourite film? Book?
Easy.... my kids!
Who inspires you?
I think it is too easy to want to be like an actress, a really influential business woman, politician, charity worker, popstar or like 'yer woman at number 9'. I totally love people and admire people who are 'satisfied and contented' with their lot..... I would love that for my children!
What would you say to someone who was thinking of becoming a Sign2Music teacher?
Some words I would use to describe my past 6 terms (2 years) as a Sign2music teacher are: Nerve- racking; joy; laughter; bubble machines x10..grrrr...; forgotten words; pride; inspirational; mind-blowing; loyalty and most of all FUN!