Paddington teacher hits Hollywood

Art and design teacher selected by Hollywood talent agency for promotional video to encourage teaching worldwide

A PADDINGTON teacher has followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s biggest celebrities after being selected to feature in a documentary made by Hollywood entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency.

The talent agency, which represent’s stars including Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Bruce Springsteen, selected Paddington Academy art and design teacher Mervin Kissoon to appear in the film, which aims to address educational disadvantage in the UK, USA and China.

“They decided they wanted to sponsor education this year and their flagship schemes are Teach First in the UK and Teach For America in the US,” said Mr Kissoon.

“I’m not used to having cameras shone at me but it was a massive opportunity to speak about what I really love and the thing that has such an amazing impact on me – teaching.

“I just tried to be myself and do what I normally do but it was definitely pretty daunting.

“I have been really blessed with the response of the kids. Some really tough kids have been coming up to me and saying they have really been looking to get into acting and can I give them some tips.”

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Mr Kissoon, 24, is in his second year of teaching at the school having entered through the Teach First charity which fast-tracks high-achieving university graduates into schools. The film hopes to encourage more people to take the same route into teaching.

“It has been the toughest but most consequential year of my life,” he said.

“It was such a steep learning curb but I went through so much and was taught what humility and patience really are.”