Spotlight on Staff - Mrs Mack

Mrs Henry

19th January 2021

Reception Class Teaching Assistant 

1. What did you do before coming to Solefield?
I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Riverhead Infants’ School for 10 years. Before I had my children, some of the jobs I did included an interpreter & office coordinator in Kazakhstan & Prague. I also taught English to adults in the Czech Republic.

2. What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I like to go on walks and I also read books every day. If I walk on my own, I listen to podcasts or music. Prior to lockdown, I re-discovered my passion for dancing so I went back to dance classes. Spending time with friends and family have become a priority now as well.

3. Tell us something unique about you.
Not sure if it is unique, but I like fresh water swimming. I did a swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park and also in Chipstead Lake in February - without a wetsuit. The water was 5 degrees celsius.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The top of Mount Everest. Who wouldn’t want to be on the top of the world? Mountain climbers have always fascinated me and we have had a few successful ones in Czechoslovakia. As a little girl, I used to watch documentaries about their adventures. I would love to see what they were able to see when they achieve their ultimate goal.

5. What is your favourite food and why?
My Mum’s potato salad with pork schnitzel, deep fried in bread crumbs. The salad is very creamy with lots of mayonnaise so we only make it on special occasions, like Christmas or birthday meals. Otherwise, it would have to be Italian cuisine, especially pizza!

6. What do you most enjoy about being at Solefield?
Apart from the fact that my role is profoundly satisfying and I feel very privileged to be at the very beginning of the boys’ learning journey, I love my colleagues and the boys. They’re my extended family. Solefield has become part of me now. Also I love how musical Solefield is.