Nursery/Pre-school Teacher and Swimming Instructor,
BA Teaching in Early Childhood Education,
Briefly describe your career (teaching or otherwise) to date.
I am from New Zealand and when I left school, I trained as a lifeguard whilst also completing my qualifications to become a swimming instructor. At the time, I also worked in a day-care centre and once I had graduated in Early Childhood Education, I was delighted to take up my post at Kennedy House.
Why did you choose teaching as a career and what do you try to instil in your pupils?
When I was 18, teaching seemed like an extremely rewarding profession and it has certainly lived up to these expectations. I try to instil a sense of compassion, confidence and fun within my pre-school classroom at Kennedy House and believe that encouraging children to make the most of all activities available to them will stand them in good stead later in life.
Apart from your classroom teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?
I am the school’s swimming coach and teach all children during their weekly swimming lessons in our fantastic 25m pool. I also coach our highly successful team swimmers who compete in regional and national competitions.
In your opinion, what makes Kennedy House special?
I think what strikes me most about Kennedy House is that pupils and staff are made to feel very welcome here – all part of the Kennedy House family. Regardless of your background, you will always find a place at Kennedy House.
Who or what inspires you?
With such a depth of experience and knowledge, my fellow teachers are my inspiration. As the saying goes, we are not just teachers we are inspirers of the world’s greatest resource.
Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.
I'm an avid kick boxer!