MATHS whizz Lewis Wood has returned to his old school – on the opposite side of the teaching desk.
Hartlepool man Lewis was a pupil at Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, from 2004 until 2009.
And after developing a talent for maths, he went on to study the subject at A-level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, and then at Newcastle University, where he gained a degree in the subject.
But now the 22-year-old has gone a full 360 degrees and has returned to his old school as a maths teacher.
Lewis, or Sir, as he is now known, says he has been welcomed to the school with open arms by the teachers and is thoroughly enjoying trying to inspire his students with his favourite subject.
He said: “It’s been great and I really love teaching the kids back here at Manor where I went to school.
“The other teachers have been fantastic and there is so much support.
“Everyone is really friendly and helpful all the time.
“There is a strong community feeling here at Manor, kind of a family element which is really good.”
He added: “I keep bumping into some of the teachers who taught here when I was a pupil, and I automatically call them ‘Sir’, which a is a bit strange!”
Lewis has kept close links with Manor College, coming in to do voluntary sessions during his A-levels.
Then when it came to finding a placement during his teacher training programme, post-graduation, he again went back to Manor.
Lewis said: “It’s exciting and it was a little bit strange at first but because I had that experience when I was at college, it worked as kind of a half-way house getting used to seeing the teachers from the other side of the desk, from their perspective.
“It makes you appreciate how hard their job can be at times!”
He added: “It is a tough subject to engage pupils because not everyone finds it entirely enjoyable. I enjoy inspiring and motivating them.”