Catherine Lemmer

Job Title
75 Boskop Street, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria

Bachelor’s in education

SACE: P12513193

My path to remedial mathematics teaching started when I was in 2nd grade. My teacher told me I was too clever for grade 2 math and then moved me to the grade 3 math class. The first answer I got wrong saw a class laughing at me and severe anxiety pertaining to anything math related. My love for Mathematics only came 10 years later with the help of 3 extraordinary teachers. 

It took me 9 years to accept my calling, and another 5 years to qualify for it, all while working as a special Ed tutor. It was only when I stood in front of a class full of children, as scared of the expectations as I was at that age, that the magnitude of what I'm doing really hit me: teaching children a love for (or at least an appreciation for) something that can quickly make them feel inadequate and stupid. This is not easily done in a standard classroom with the standard curriculum. 

I am very fortunate to work in an environment where the flexibility of the curriculum, the size of the classes, and the passion and knowledge of the people I work with, and work for, benefit the learners in such a way that each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.