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Part of the Prep Team – Our Grade 2.2 Teacher!

Kirsten Porter, our Grade 2.2 Teacher is also an Eastern Cape girl. Here is part of a conversation we had:

Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Port Elizabeth but grew up on a farm just outside a small town called Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape.

Q: Give us a bit of info about your school and work history: I attended the local school in Tarkastad for Grades 1 and 2. I was home-schooled by my mom for Grade 3 and 4, before being sent to boarding school in Port Elizabeth. I attended Woodridge Preparatory School for the rest of Junior school. I completed my high school years at Harvest Christian School in Port Elizabeth. I was in Grade 8 when I went on an international missions trip to Kenya and it was on this trip, while working in the local schools, that I discovered that teaching was my calling. I went on to study at Rhodes University where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree as well as my PGCE in Foundation Phase. After graduating, I decided to extend my studies and complete a PGCE in Intermediate Phase through Cornerstone University’s online programme. While completing this degree, I worked in a Learning Support programme, where I taught and tutored Grade 6 and 7 learners in small groups. I also worked in their girls’ hostel as a student assistant. I was then offered a student assistant post in the Fairlawn hostel at Prep in 2019 and assisted in the Grade 2 classroom in the mornings. After I had completed my PGCE Intermediate Phase in 2020, I was offered the position of Grade 2 relief teacher. I officially joined the Prep family this year as the second Grade 2 Class Teacher.

Q: Tell us about your family: I come from a family of five and was fortunate enough to grow up on our beautiful family farm just outside Tarkastad. My dad’s name is Wayne Porter and he is a Brahman breeder and stock farmer. My mom, Tracey, runs all the finances and accounts of the farm. I have two sisters named Danielle and Jamie. I am the middle child of the family. My older sister is in a wheelchair, as she was born with spina bifida. She runs her own nail and beauty salon from the farm in Tarkastad. My younger sister Jamie has just finished her degree in Business Management Sciences, specialising in Digital Marketing at Stellenbosch University.

Q: What are your personal interests and hobbies? I love a good book and often struggle to put one down once I start. I can easily read 3-4 books in a week! I am also an avid puzzle builder, especially in winter, and will often build puzzles with my family in front of the fire. I enjoy traveling and exploring places I have never been to before with my friends and family. My sister and I have a list of places and sites we would like to visit and have started taking trips to explore and see these places. I also enjoy scrapbooking where you can capture your memories in a beautiful way.

Q: What do you appreciate about being part of the Prep environment?
I was fortunate enough to be placed at Prep for one of my teaching practicals while studying at Rhodes. It was during my time as a student assistant in Mrs Van’s Grade 3 class that I realised what a special school Prep was. There are so many things that make Prep unique, but for me it is the group of people that work at the school. The teachers here will always go the extra mile for any child in their class and it is because of them and their mentorship that I chose to stay in Grahamstown. I am fortunate to work with such an amazing group of people and am blessed to now be a part of the Prep family.