This is the last in my teacher-character series, where I’ve been talking about the various teachers who populate my books. It’s been an interesting experience for me, as I’ve noticed some similarities and also some differences which I hadn’t really stopped and thought about before, and now have ideas for future teacher characters as well.
Who is my teacher character? Mrs Little
Why is she there? A large proportion of this story is set at school. Amber, the main character, has faced some big changes in her life following her mum’s terrible car accident. Among those changes is a new school, and new friends. As she struggles to come to terms with Mum’s injuries and differences, she also worries about fitting in at her new school.
What role does she play? Although Mrs Little isn’t a major character, it is two of her actions which really drive the story forwards. First, she announces a Mother’s Day high tea, which leads to Amber confronting what her friends will think when they meet her mum, and secondly she has the whole class enter a local art competition, which gives Amber the opportunity to follow something she loves.
What did I learn writing about her? A reminder that not all my teacher characters are me! Mrs Little likes cooking and painting – two things I am really not good at. It was great to give her skills that are not mine.
Favourite Mrs Little moment? It’s not a major part of the story, but I love that Mrs Little encourages Leroy Jamieson, during art time. Amber says:
Mrs Little tells him it is very good
(even though it isn’t)
Then suggests he uses some colour
Instead of just his lead pencil.
When he is finished, Amber notes Leroy looks pretty proud. It’s Mrs Little’s encouragement that has given him that sense of pride. She’s a good teacher!
That concludes my series of posts about my teacher characters. If you have a favourite teacher character in a book you’ve read, I’d love for you to comment and tell me.