Teacher of the Week
TEACHER: Ian Luke Le Roux
SCHOOL: Emil Wider Senior Secondary School, Genadendal, Western Cape
Ian Luke Le Roux decided from an early age to excel academically to escape the trappings of an underprivileged background. He chose teaching as a career to assist those who came from similar circumstances.
Le Roux, a teacher from Emil Weder Senior Secondary, Western Cape says he chose teaching to inspire, motivate and to create critical thinkers who, despite their circumstances or geographical location, believe in their abilities and strive to learn.
For him there is nothing more rewarding than seeing previously struggling learners prosper.
The area he comes from is faced with various socio-economic issues such as substance abuse, high rate of teenage pregnancy, insufficient nutrition, learners who suffer from a poor self-esteem that result in poor results. These societal challenges have a ripple effect on the learners’ academic achievements as well as their personal development.
To mitigate these challenges, Le Roux approaches the learners in a holistic manner by first trying to break down the barriers creating the low self-esteem, and then gradually exposing them to short term success.
He sees a better South Africa through the perseverance and small role he is playing.
Through the values that were instilled by his parents and his optimistic outlook on life, he has managed to set high standards expects the same from the learners.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)