Teacher Tuesday – Mrs Daphne Hyndman
In this week’s Teacher Tuesday we meet Mrs Hyndman, who has been teaching in Primary at KIS for three years.
How many years have you been in teaching and where have you taught?
I started teaching 12 years ago. I have been fortunate enough to experience teaching in Scotland, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, before coming to KIS.
How would you describe the KIS community?
KIS has a very friendly, welcoming and most certainly family-orientated community. There are always so many activities and events going on that involve students and their families interacting across year groups or as a whole school. There is a general atmosphere of supportiveness across the different groups in the community.
What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher?
There are a number of things that I enjoy most about teaching. It is rewarding when you see students applying what they have been taught or being really enthusiastic about coming to school and learning. It is most evident when you compare a particular area at the beginning and the end of the school year. I also enjoy the fact that it is busy and really never dull, it is a job which is filled with variety. Every day is entirely different from the previous one and this also applies to every academic year.
What is your favourite classroom resource and why?
My favourite classroom resource without a doubt is the people that I spend my day with. The staff at KIS, whether it’s teaching and learning colleagues or wider support staff, are fantastic and do a great job, which in turn helps my job. My teaching assistants in particular have offered a huge amount of support to the students and myself over these last years and I’m extremely grateful for them. Thank you to you all! Of course the children themselves are wonderful to work alongside – I can’t forget them and am lucky to have such a great bunch.
You’ve been at KIS since 2015, what is your favourite memory of your time here?
This is my third year at KIS and my favourite memories are probably to do with events that bring the different classes or the whole school together such as school shows, maths and science day, the Trashion Show, beach clean-up and Christmas Fair. It takes a great deal of planning and preparation beforehand from the people behind the events but the kids are always so enthusiastic about getting involved in something different and get a lot out of working alongside other students and staff that they wouldn’t normally.
The memory of ‘camping’ overnight with Y3 in a kampong style building will also stick with me I’m sure!
What do you enjoy doing in KK when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, eating out and visiting places in beautiful Sabah. I am also trying to improve my diving skills!