Mrs Emma Rottcher
Year 5 Teacher, Specialist Science Teacher
B.Sc.(Hons) Marine Geography, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, United Kingdom
Briefly describe your career (teaching or otherwise) to date.
I have been a teacher for 17 years. I worked in schools in Gloucestershire UK, before heading to Kenya, where a two-year contract turned into six and a lifelong love of Africa. Ten years ago I moved to Tanzania to start a dairy farm with my husband close to Iringa, where I continued my teaching though a very small home school with friend’s children and mine. More recently before coming to Kennedy House I taught at Iringa International School. Before teaching I worked in many different jobs from scooping ice cream to working for a pensions company and many others in between!
Why did you choose teaching as a career and what do you try to instil in your pupils?
From a young age I have always loved trying to find a different way of explaining things to people. I enjoy watching and helping children have that light bulb moment. Being part of children’s learning and development is very rewarding, but basically, no two days are ever the same and I love the variety that comes with working with children.
Apart from your classroom teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?
Teaching in a school like Kennedy House, classroom teaching is only a small part of the school day and I enjoy getting involved in all areas of school life, particularly activities, play productions and some sports.
In your opinion, what makes Kennedy House special?
Kennedy house is a very unique and special place to learn and work. It has an amazing family feel to it; all children play and work together whatever their ages, and this all happens in the most beautiful campus any school could have, watched over by Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
Who or what inspires you?
Many people have inspired me throughout my life, my family is an obvious one along with teachers who taught me and inspired my love of learning; to name one would negate the others but the first that comes to mind is my Geography teacher in senior school. I continue to be inspired by teaching colleagues, but most of all the children I teach.
Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.
I once jumped off a mountain, with skis on my feet and a parachute on my back, an amazing experience at the time, but one I will not be repeating!