There are those who wish, those who dream and those who fantasize. I belong to the latter. One day, as I was making my way home for the long holidays, I saw the then ‘Proposed’ Academy and immediately went into a realm of fantasies as I envisioned myself teaching in the school. As amazing as that possibility seemed, I dismissed the thought and went on to other more pressing matters that required my attention. Little did I know that two years later, this fantasy would actually come true.
My exciting and fulfilling journey as a teacher in one of the most prestigious and admired school began in January 2016, what made this journey even more satisfying, is being able to be part of the start-up and eventually preparing students to sit their KCSE four years later and they in turn carrying our flag high through their exemplary performance. The beginning, of course, had its challenges, as any project would as it embarked on growth. I remember how we had to share limited projectors back at BrackenHurst where our journey began, how we would improvise textbooks and other resources as we tried to engage our first ninety-six students, but in the end, the challenges were worthwhile.
The Academy gave me a unique opportunity of nurturing adolescents who were naive, bewildered, and eager to learn as most of the students who join the school usually are. Moulding them into young independent thinkers and leaders throughout the four years I have been in the Academy has been most rewarding and fulfilling.
This transformation journey is not only for the students in the Academy but also for the teachers as well. There is always something new to learn as you continue to interact with wonderful colleagues and students. It’s a journey with both ups and downs, a discovery and I’m elated to be part of it. Personally, my pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning have immensely grown and shifted from a teacher who was the centre of all knowledge to a facilitator of leaning allowing the student to be in the centre of the learning, my teaching and assessment strategies have grown over time due to robust training offered by the Academy, and for this, I am very grateful. I was a good teacher, but the Academy has made me better.
Through IB and BTEC training the school is equipping me with skills geared towards making me a global teacher and I can’t wait to be the best teacher there has ever been! As B. B. king states “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”