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Teacher Feature – David McSwiggan

Teacher Feature – David McSwiggan

Teacher Feature – David McSwigganMeet David, 37.

David has been a teacher at IH Belfast for the last 6 years. He did his CELTA with us and currently teaches beginner and elementary levels.

What is your earliest memory?

Sliding down the stairs on a pillow, my mother on the phone screaming.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What was your most embarrassing moment?

Getting naked in a church.

What is your most treasured possession?

Peace of mind.

What makes you unhappy?


What is your favourite smell?

Babies’ heads.

What is your most unappealing habit?

Smelling random babies’ heads.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A map maker – like my Dad.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?



What do you owe your parents?


To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?

People say sorry too often when it’s not necessary.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Basically / Sorry!

What is the worst job you’ve done?

Illegal construction worker in 37 degree heat, Philadelphia, USA

What has been your biggest disappointment?

U2 and Bono

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Anybody who keeps going.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination and apologising unnecessarily!

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Closed minded unevolved rigidity.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Not sure – but David Lynch can play my hair.

Which book changed your life?


What does love feel like?

No fear.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?

The person that stole my wee folding bike.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Danny, my wee boy.

Describe your perfect day in the city?

Coffee, newspaper, cycling, picnic, campfire.

Sum up Belfast in three words?

My family’s home.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?

That ‘ahhhhh’ moment.

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