What inspired you to become a teacher?
I had really wonderful English, Drama and History teachers who inspired a love of learning. They recognised me as an individual and helped to foster my own sense of creativity. I saw the passion that my teachers instilled in students and how inspiring and fulfilling that could be as a career.
What does a typical day look like for you?
As well as checking in with my teaching content, I begin the day with Arts and Cultural administration and emails. I love getting to work early. I teach around two/three periods a day which are all practical based. You will often find me sitting on the floor or moving around the classroom with my students, co-creating work. My free periods are used for planning or Arts and Cultural administration purposes. After school hours, I often have rehearsals to check in on or run myself.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to help students come up with ideas and help them grow these into fully fledged performances, watching them shape their own opinions and become brave in sharing them. I also enjoy that I get to create work through directing. There is no bigger joy for me than watching something that is imagined in the dream space, be brought to life through our student and teacher talents.
What do you work toward in your free time?
I love going to live theatre and enjoy cultivating relationships with practitioners in the industry. I am a prolific reader and enjoy talking books with my friends. I like to keep fit and healthy by going to the gym and doing activities around Auckland. I am also learning photography in my spare time!
What advice would you give to your past self when you were a student?
To be kind and work to have empathy for those you don’t agree with. To listen more in Maths...I have a complete mental block now.
What advice do you have for current students?
Kindness is the key to success. Trying to see things from another’s point of view will allow you to foster compassion. Intelligence comes in many forms so don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re not worth it.
Describe EGGS in 5 words.
Enthusiasm. Creativity. Passion. Open. Beauty.