What made you decide to become a teacher?
When I was small, I would line my teddies up and read them stories. Being the eldest of three siblings, I was obviously the teacher when we played ‘school-school’ together. I knew I didn’t want to sit behind a desk, typing on a computer as my career and studied teaching on leaving school.
What is your favourite subject to teach and why?
Art, for sure! I love the freedom and the unique solutions that individuals come up with – when given the same set of resources as their peers.
What is your first or favourite memory from going to school when you were a child?
For a few years I worked so hard at my swimming and was so excited when I finally got picked for the school swimming team in Grade 6.
What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?
I am busy establishing a little ceramics studio in Howick. I make handmade tableware, mostly thrown on the wheel. I am beginning to offer adult workshops and am excited to see this grow as time progresses.
What inspires you?
I treasure spending time in the mountains with my rucksack on my back, breathing in the fresh, crisp air and taking in great views.
What book are you currently reading?
There are two next to my bed currently: Pilgrims Progress and a Ceramics Monthly magazine
If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
To a remote island off Madagascar’s north coast called Nosy Komba (I used to live in Madagascar and it was our most fun holiday spot).