Teacher Profile- Karena
Teaching is the heart and soul of what we do at Hendersons. We have conducted interviews with several of our dedicated teachers to provide an opportunity for you to get to know them better.
How long have you been a teacher at Hendersons?
This is my fourth year at Hendersons. I started out marking essays at practice exams and then began teaching creative writing and reading workshops. My role as Education Supervisor includes teaching, administration of workshops and practice exams, presenting to parents, and a variety of other duties.
What did you do/what did you teach before joining the team at Hendersons?
I taught for sixteen years at my local primary school as a Generalist Classroom teacher. I also had one year away from teaching in 2014 when I became a mum to my daughter, Lila.
Why did you become a teacher?
I was three years old when I first declared I wanted to become a teacher. I remember setting up my toys in a circle and ‘teaching’ my class at home with a blackboard. Throughout primary and high school, I was frequently asked to assist fellow classmates who were having difficulty with tasks. It was a very natural progression into a teaching career for me; I never really considered doing anything else!
What is the best thing about teaching?
I really enjoy connecting with students and being able to explain concepts in an exciting way to grow their understanding. Making learning fun and relevant is the best way to develop knowledge that will remain with the students long after we have parted ways.
What is something interesting we don’t already know about you?
I love to sing and act and performed in musicals and shows when I was younger. I’m a bit out of practice now but still sing occasionally at weddings or events if the opportunity arises.
From your years of experience, what advice would you give students who are looking to get into a select entry high school or scholarship program?
Start preparing early and develop a keen interest in broadening your knowledge of all areas. Make sure you read voraciously and widely. Aim to improve your skills as much as possible, not just to get into the school you want or to receive a scholarship, but to become a more effective lifelong learner.
What are your top three exam preparation tips?
1. Spread out your classes so you have enough time to revise the content of each manual completely and continue practising strategies learnt.
2. Develop excellent time management skills, including creating a detailed study schedule and sticking to it.
3. Attend as many practice exams as you can to become familiar with the examination process and the energy and concentration required on the day of the real exam.
If you could give one final piece of advice to students, what would it be?
Enjoy the experience of preparing, sitting the examination and waiting for results. Do your best and be proud of yourself and the efforts you have put in.