Keryn-Lee Kofeloa has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Avondale College.
Keryn's first five years of her teaching career was at Auburn Adventist School in Western Sydney. In 2007 she moved to North Brisbane to teach at North Pine Christian College and served as the Prep- Yr 7 Health and PE, Sport and Discipline Coordinator. In 2008 Keryn returned to Western Sydney and taught in a variety of roles at Mountain View Adventist College, until she and her family moved to Tasmania in 2020. Born and bred Tasmanian, Keryn attended North West Christian School (then known as Penguin Seventh-day Adventist School) from 1984-1994. It is an honour to welcome Keryn back to her home school and to have her join the North West Christian School team at the start of 2020.
Keryn is married to Katoa and they are raising two beautiful children.
Why did you choose teaching as a career?
You could say Teaching is in my blood. My Mum, Brother and Sister are all trained High School Teachers. As I grew up I helped my mum teach Sabbath School at Church and Pathfinders on Saturday afternoon and it was something I enjoyed doing. I had planned to do High School Teaching – Physical Education at University, but changed to Primary teaching at the last minute and have never regretted it.
Who inspires you and why?
My mum, Cheryl Walsh (who was my High school Keyboarding, Home Ec and Business studies Teacher) and my History and Religious Studies Teacher – Wayne Pepper (who I am now working with). They both inspired me to never give up and always try my best, even if I first don’t succeed. They both continue to show me ongoing support throughout my teaching career.
What is the most rewarding thing about your role?
Connecting with the students and helping them reach their goals. If possible, catching up with the students 5 – 10 years later and seeing what impact they are making on their local community.
What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to my new role this year: Middle School Coordinator and nurturing the Yr 5-8 (Middle School Students) and helping them set personal and learning goals to strive towards and achieve.
When you’re not teaching, what do you do in your downtime? Do you have interests or hobbies?
I like to spend my downtime with my family – outdoors – at the beach, chasing waterfalls or trying to spot platypuses at Fern Glade Reserve. I enjoy cooking, colouring in, learning the art of Pilates and laughing.
What book are you reading, or what would we find on your podcast list? What do you love to learn about?
I have a list of books to read, I just need to sit down and read them. One of the books on that list is: Clarity by Lyn Sharratt. I love to learn about how I can best communicate with those around me and Love Languages. At the moment, I am enjoying reading Anh Do ‘ Wolf Girl 2’ chapter book to my son each evening.