Lynette Sasman, a Media Works Adult and Education Training (AET) Facilitator, is currently teaching Communication in English level 2 and 3 ( Accelerate) to employees at I&J in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Before becoming a Media Works facilitator in 2013, Lynette worked at Standard Bank for many years, where she was a Business Banker dealing with the small business enterprise sector. Lynette managed a portfolio of accounts and also obtained new business for the bank. It was at Standard Bank that her younger colleagues told her that she had a gift for teaching.
“Over the years at the bank, I would receive comments from my colleagues like, ‘you sound like a teacher!’ or ‘were you a teacher previously?’ I always feel good about sharing knowledge; to know that I’m contributing to another person’s growth and development gives me great joy and purpose,” says Lynette.
Lynette’s teaching and facilitation career started at Harambee Youth Accelerator, where she worked on the bridging programme, helping young people prepare for the world of work through English and Maths Literacy courses.
Now, in her role at Media Works, her days are fully dedicated to facilitating.
“I usually start at 8am and finish around 5pm. It’s computer and book-based learning (blended learning), and I make sure that I engage with the learners throughout the day,” says Lynette.
“I have a group of 20 people at this particular site, however, they attend classes in groups of three. With each group, I check in and discuss where everyone is in terms of their understanding,” she continues.
Some of Lynette’s favourite parts of her job role include meeting, and interacting with, many people and making a difference in their lives. Her job at Media Works has also meant that she’s travelled in and around Cape Town and other areas in the Western Cape, including Paarl.
She says the most challenging part of her job is ensuring that every person passes his or her exam. And, when it comes to lessons, she says that it’s important to keep engagement levels high.
“When I do face-to-face lessons, through experience, I can detect when the energy levels start to drop. So, I make a decision to, say, give each group a lesson from their books to work through then present to the whole class on flip-chart paper. This changes things up a bit, and gets energy flowing again,” says Lynette.
Lynette has also worked with people with disabilities. An experience that stuck with her was when she worked with a young lady who had a problem with her eyes.
“Everything needed to be enlarged. So we would photocopy A3 size scripts and enlarge the text for her, which made a big difference to her learning process. When working with people with disabilities, I think the key skill you need, in my opinion, is to not make people feel like they have a disability, treat them like you would any other learner,” says Lynette.
When it comes to teaching, Lynette has this philosophy: “I encourage learners to think critically and figure things out for themselves. By encouraging this approach, they are constantly learning, as they engage with the world.”
We thank you for your dedication to teaching, Lynette!