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Ruth Knowles

Where have you worked before joining Kennedy House?


In a former life, I was a scientist, then an editor of science magazines. I retrained to be a primary school teacher and taught primary children at schools across North Devon in the UK. I have also taught teenagers in a language school and children with SEN on a farm school.

Why did you choose teaching as a career and what do you try to instil in your pupils?

I have met so many inspiring teachers who have changed my life. I hope I can be that teacher. Kindness is key for me. Like Roald Dahl said, "Kindness  - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind. If you're kind that's it."


Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

I help with the swimming and, to be a good role model, I am trying to get fit myself!  

In your opinion, what makes Kennedy House special?

The location is stunning. We are at the foothills of Mount Meru and Killimanjaro and just looking out of my classroom onto such a beautiful school ground is inspiring. The diversity in the school: testimony that we are so much more alike than we are unalike. I have never taught in a place where children and adults have so much respect for each other and pupils are given the time to talk and play, as well as study.

Who or what inspires you?

Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough - the list goes on! People who go that extra mile to make our world a better place. Plus my own children and the children in my class. 

Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.

I have an addiction to chocolate. For my work, I once visited a huge chocolate factory in Belgium and would have happily stayed there forever! Luckily, I have found a shop here that sells Cadbury bars!



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