Krista is a classroom teacher at ICHK Kindergarten & Primary.
Why did you want to become a teacher?
My mum (Who is a secondary English teacher) told me from a very young age that I was born to be a teacher. As the youngest child in a family of eight, I was always playing school with my nieces and nephews. I started university life focusing on my psychology degree, and switched to teaching after my first year. Turns out, my mum was right … of course!
What is your first memory from school?
Playing on the bright yellow monkey bars with friends before the school bell rung in the morning.
What makes a ‘good day’ at school?
A good day at school is when a student challenges thinking. They ask questions, clarify, discuss ideas and take action. I love seeing students engage with the learning and take ownership. These are the good days
If I walked into your classroom on a typical afternoon, what would I see going on?
In all honesty, some dancing, some joke telling, and a story that goes on for too long.
What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?
Too many to share, but I do love when they call me ‘mum’ by accident!
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
I love reading Crime novels by James Patterson.
What is the hardest thing about being a teacher?
Trying to constantly meet the needs of all the students in your class, while balancing home life!
What inspires you?
Adventures, teaching discussions, people and places.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Mum life! Sounds a bit clichéd, but the moment I became a mother I found a whole new level of respect for mums.
What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I’d never been on a train until I moved to Hong Kong. Combine this with my struggle to read maps and lack of direction and whoa – I found the MTR so scary when I first got here.