The very first time she walked around Morton Trentside Primary School, Samantha Evans was blown away by the learning environment and how the team nurtured the talents of every child. Samantha, 27, now works as the assistant headteacher at the school.
“Everything was centred around the children and how to inspire them and submerse them in a stimulating learning environment,” she said
“This kind of environment was one that I held very close to my own heart because as a child, I was fortunate enough to have teachers who inspired me to be the person that I am today.”
Samantha says the most rewarding part of her job is watching the children flourish and seeing them develop as individuals.
She said: “Each and every child is different in their own unique way and playing my part in their journey is something which I really value.”
Samantha wanted to be a teacher from a very young age.
But while she was studying for her degree she worked for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue as a retained firefighter.
She said: “Part of this role was going into schools and teaching ‘Risk Watch’ to primary school children.
“This was the time when I realised that being in the classroom was the career path for me.”
Samantha says the biggest achievement of her career so far was being appointed as the assistant headteacher at Morton Trentside.
She said: “And also having the privilege of working with such an inspirational team.
“More recently, I have been shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Sport, Sports Educator of the Year award which I am incredibly proud of as sports is my passion.”
Samantha lives in Gringley-on-the-Hill and has been married for four years.
She said: “I am so very lucky to have such a supportive and encouraging family behind me.
“My mum and dad, Angie and Kevin, gave me and my brother, Josh, the best possible start in life by giving us a fantastic education at Orchard School, South Leverton.
“I have been married for four years to my wonderful husband, Danny, who has the patience of a saint and has been an absolute rock throughout my career.”
Samantha hopes her career will continue to make a difference to the lives of the children she teaches.
Samantha describes herself as an outdoor person and she loves anything sport related.
She said: “But my real passion is horse riding. I have ridden since I was five -years-old and still continue to do so now.”
Morton Trentside Primary School was built in 1843 as a National School.
In 1871 it was enlarged, and the infant schoolroom was added in 1882.
By 1903 the school was known as Morton CE School and in 1929 it was taken over by Lindsey County Council to become Morton Council School.
In 1946 senior children were transferred to Ropery Road School and in 1947 the school became Morton County Primary School.
A new school was constructed near to Morton playing fields and was officially opened on 11th June 1986.
It took its present name of Morton Trentside Primary School in September 1999.
The school says it ‘aims to nurture talents and strive to ensure that every individual achieves their potential, develop every individual so they have the skills, attributes and understanding required to make positive decisions about their lives’.