I was a Chemistry teacher in a secondary school and whilst not unusual it was certainly interesting and extremely satisfying. What is amazing is what has happened to my pupils: for example Doctors, army officers, 2 helicopter pilots (1 navy, 1 commercial), 1 commercial airline pilot, 2 university professors, 2 CofE priests, 2 MPs, 1 independent film producer, several teachers (including Chemistry teaching), 1 running a boutique hotel in a chateau near Paris, company directors etc. Interesting also is the idea that not all (indeed very few) became chemists but that what they gained through the academic teaching and extra-curricular activities were transferable skills that have set them up for a wide variety of careers.
I used to run ‘House Challenge’ along the lines of University Challenge and then talent spotted members of the team for ‘Schools’ Challenge’ - one student stood out in House Challenge and was an obvious candidate for the inter-School competition in which we got further than ever before because of his speed on the starter button. A couple of years later I was not surprised to see him as a member of the St Hugh’s Oxford team on University Challenge.
After retiring I did quite a bit of consultancy work for the Royal Society of Chemistry helping with CPD for Chemistry teachers. This included four trips to India to set up training for Chemistry teachers there to encourage more active learning rather than the rote learning that is prevalent in India.