Throughout his 33 year career David Watkins has been a member of a tiny minority.
He’s a male teacher who’s been working in early childhood since 1983.
At every school he’s taught at, be it Trinity Grammar School, Loquat Valley Anglican School and currently Arden Anglican Primary School (where he is the Primary Principal), he has taught preschool to Year 2.
When asked why his answer was simple: “fun”.
“The talk of lack of males in the profession, especially primary and early childhood, hasn’t changed in the 30 years that I’ve been a teacher,” David said.
“A lot of males prioritise pay rather than doing something they love. I never wanted to sit behind a desk. I didn’t want to do something very academic.”
Initially David thought he would be a PE teacher, but his scholarship led him into primary and he hasn’t looked back.
“When I was at the University of Sydney I realised the PE students were very different from me. I like being active and hands on but I’m not into the competitive side of sport.
“Young children are so imaginative, innocent and questioning. They just want to have fun.
“I’ve taught Year 6 and by then they are getting self conscious and they don’t want to join in so much.
“That’s one of the sad things about education, how we want kids to be socialised and conform. I don’t think education is well set up for boys a lot of the time.”