Right from childhood, Mrs. Victoria Numekevor’s father encouraged her to be better at her studies, family life, social interactions, and all other aspects of life. This has had a life-long impact on her life and she considers her father as her childhood hero.
Currently, Victoria is a teacher at Adidome RC JHS, and interestingly, she has found a liking for Nana Aba Anamoah because of her activism and hard work as a media person. Perhaps, she sees something similar in their lives when it comes to hard work and persistence.
Growing up, Victoria had wanted to become a nurse but had a fear of blood, something which is not unusual. However, this made her reconsider pursuing a career in the medical field. Even so, after SHS, she bought forms for both Nurses and Teacher training college. Once again, choosing to enter into the teaching profession was quite difficult for Mrs. Numekevor because she felt she did not have the courage to stand before students as their teacher but she chose it anyway because she wasn’t comfortable with nursing. She finally enrolled into St. Francis Training College and graduated as a professional teacher.
Mrs. Numekevor chose to read science because her father was a teacher of science, and he urged all his children to read science. His influence made her and most of her siblings read science in school.
One of the things Mrs. Numekevor loves about being a STEM educator is the fact that the practical nature of STEM makes teaching and learning very easy for her students. She believes that teaching things using practical examples breaks down complex concepts and principles and makes it easy for her students to understand and assimilate the material she is teaching. An additional source of delight is that her students actively involve themselves and participate in class. This inspires her a lot.
Mrs. Numekevor has been teaching for sixteen years now and she currently teaches about three hundred students. She loves what she does and her students love her because of the passion with which she teaches them. In the future, she hopes to teach in an institution of higher learning, where she believes she can have a greater impact on students through her teaching.
Mrs. Victoria Numekevor has been a member of GAST since 2005. She joined GAST so that she could be up-to-date on the curriculum and also gain more knowledge on complex concepts and principles through the periodic workshops. Mrs. Numekevor says the JUNEOS Challenge has made science very enjoyable for her students. She acknowledges that the practicals and experiments in the JUNEOS Challenge has made her pupils very active and alert in class. She believes the challenge has also influenced her teaching positively by making her include more practical lessons and also allocate more time for practical work in her teaching.
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Article by Kofi Dzogbewu.
Kofi Dzogbewu is a Ghanaian storyteller. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature from the University of Ghana. He is an alumnus of the Mo Issa Writing Workshops. You can find more of his work on his blog and find him on all social media platforms with the name ‘Kofi Dzogbewu’ (@fdzogbewu).