Welcome to the new section of my blog where I highlight some of the talented creatives that I’ve followed from around the world. These fortnightly posts will highlight a small amount of the talent that is already out there, and hopefully promote more collaboration, rather than competition between creatives.
This week we’re highlighting the work of Tyla, a full time Primary school teacher from Melbourne, who is currently living abroad (and teaching) in London. Those of you who have followed us closely will know we met through an Instagram teacher’s meetup in Melbourne more than two years ago, kept in touch knowing we were both moving to London, and now I’m lucky enough to call her one of my best friends! So, I am super excited for you to get to know her some more.
You can follow Tyla through Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/teachandtravelwithmissc
Let’s start with the basics, who are you? Where are you from?
I’m Tyla, from Melbourne, Australia and currently living in London (moved over here in January 2017).
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
I think that when I set my mind to something, I just go for it and make it happen.
What is one goal you have for the next year?
Well I’m moving back to Melbourne at the end of this year, and so I’d love to find a new job in a school close to home while I save some money for the next crazy adventure. I doubt I’ll be able to stay put for long!
What’s one way you’ve been challenged in the last year?
I’m challenged everyday living so far away from home, but I think the hardest thing has been learning how to put myself out of my comfort zone. Unfamiliar situations often give me the worst anxiety, but in the last year or so I’ve tried so many new things and have had the most amazing experience so far!
What is the main focus of your social media?
My Instagram (although I’m temporarily inactive on this account) focuses on my teaching. It’s for sharing resources, activities & ideas, asking questions, supporting the teaching community and hopefully inspiring others!
What influenced you to start your page?
In 2016 I was moving year levels from Year 1 to 4 and went to Instagram for some inspo, then thought… why not make my own account!
How have you improved the quality of your content since you began?
I think at the end of the day teachers want to see ‘real’ posts. As much as we all love an insta-worthy classroom and beautifully laminated and colourful resources (these definitely get ANY teacher’s attention – including mine), it’s also important to share the many challenges of teaching.
Have you met anyone through your social media? How did that go about?
I met the lovely Nikola-Anne (@diaryofatravellingteacher) at a Melbourne ‘Teachers of Instagram’ meet-up back in 2016. We got along super well and realised we were both heading to London to teach the following year. Once over here, we met up and have been friends ever since!
Where is your next travel destination?
I’m traveling through Spain, Portugal, Greece and Switzerland this summer and I can’t wait!
What has been your favourite destination so far? Why?
All of ITALY! The food, the drink, the people, the views, the history, the culture, EVERYTHING. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go since I was a kid and it completely exceeded my expectations. It’s just a truly beautiful country and I can’t wait to go back.
Travelling solo or with friends?
I think both have benefits, and definitely depends which/how many friends you go with.
Group tours or your own itinerary?
Again, I’ve done both and see the positives in either option. It really depends on where you’re going, and how much knowledge you have of the country. I love choosing my own adventure, but group tours do take a lot of the stress out of planning and are a great way to meet people if it’s your first solo trip!