Meet the Teacher – Liam Donovan, Deputy Head

At Hendon Prep we are so fortunate to have such talented and innovative teachers, who both support and challenge our pupils on a daily basis. Some of these teachers have been with us for many years whilst others are relatively new to our school and so we thought it would be a good idea for you to get to know them a little better.  Our new Meet the Teacher feature will give you an an insight into what motivates our wonderful teachers and looks at where they find their inspiration.

In the first of our Meet the Teacher focus we meet Mr Donovan, Hendon’s Deputy Head.

How long have you been at Hendon Prep and what did you do before you joined the school?

I am enjoying only my second term on the start of an exciting journey with Hendon Prep.  I have worked in various fields of education over the past 11 years.  Before teaching, I spent years travelling around the world and would encourage everyone to do so.  When you understand the world more, you understand yourself more.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I have always loved writing, so English has always been one of my favourite subjects.  When I was in Primary School though, I didn’t enjoy reading, until I found the right book.  Now I love reading.  So for anyone who thinks they don’t like reading, keep trying – you may not have discovered your favourite book.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A boxer.  I come from a family of boxers and my Great Grandad was a prize fighter in London!  As I grew older and wiser, I decided that there are less painful ways to earn a living and now I am in the best job in the world.  Every day, I have an opportunity to make a difference for someone else’s future, so now the only thing I’m fighting for is to ensure that our pupils are happy, safe and making the best possible progress.

Who is your favourite historical figure and why?

There are so many to choose from, but if I had to choose, I will say Rosa Parks.  She stood up for what she believed in and her actions spoke for millions.  She was courageous, brave and righteous.

If you could travel to any period in history, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to 1964 and spend a bit of time with my dad when he was a teenager.  We would go to the pictures, buy a couple of records, listen to some music and have a laugh together.

What food can you not live without?

I will eat absolutely anything, so I won’t go hungry.  The best food I have ever tasted has to be a Goan Claypot Curry.

Describe your perfect weekend

Saturday:

9AM: Wake up slightly confused, yet content, that my children have decided not to wake me up at 6am.

10AM: The sun is shining fiercely, so I’m going to have to take a dip in the pool.

11AM: Play the guitar and write a song in the garden.

12 noon: Wake the kids up.

1PM: Make a last-minute plan to pack our bags and go camping with the family for the rest of the weekend.

Sunday:

6PM: Arrive home safely from the campsite, still smiling because the children helped put the tent away without arguing and because none of us expected that Liam Gallagher and Bob Dylan would be camping at the same site, let alone perform a three-piece campfire set with me!  Good memories.

7PM: The kids go to sleep without having to ask them to brush their teeth.

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