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Teacher Spotlight: Kiera Pennell

Introduce yourself using three words only, please.

Kiwi, PE teacher.

What would you be if you weren’t a teacher?

A builder.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? For how long have you worked in education?

Fast approaching the 10 year mark… I wanted to become a PE teacher because that was my favorite subject at school. I also really enjoy coaching, so it felt like a natural pathway for me.

What do you love most about your job?

No two days are the same. You are always surrounded by people. I get to learn too. I love it when a student thinks of something completely outside the box.

Why did you choose AAS and what are your expectations?

I wanted to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone. I have never lived outside of NZ so it has always been a goal of mine to live and work in a different country. AAS is a great school and I am very grateful to be working here.

How is AAS different from your previous school?

AAS is in a city! My previous school was in a small farming town. The weather shift, snow, and absence of constant weather talks are notable changes. I really like the way the teachers stand in the hallways in the mornings, that is a really nice touch. I don’t miss having a school bell!

Please, share an important lesson you learned from your work with students.

Above all else, be kind.

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