14 Jan Meet The New Teachers
KIMREN PATHER (Interviewed by Buhle Mashabane)
Mr Pather studied Human Movement Management and majored in Business. He will be teaching Grade 8 and 9 EMS, Grade 10 Business Studies and Grade 11 Life Orientation.
What are you currently most excited about? – ‘The new adventure of teaching, relocating to White River and being a boarding parent in Goss House.’
If you could identify with one fictional character who would it be and why? – ‘Ray Donovan because his qualities are admirable. He is big on his morals and all about following his principles. He is proactive – he always gets the job done – and he values family over everything.’
Best piece of advice you’ve received? – ‘Be you. Don’t change yourself for anyone. It sounds clichéd but don’t waste your time being un-you to please others – you won’t fulfill your potential.’
What inspires you? – ‘My opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. I have the opportunity to help them realise the greatness within them.’
Why Uplands? – ‘During my internship here I fell in love with the friendly environment. This is a growing area with multiple opportunities for self-growth, as well as for me to contribute to the growth of Uplands.’
ANITA SCHÖNAUER (Interviewed by Onkgopotse Aphane)
Having taught at Uplands when the College began, Mrs Schönauer returns to lead the Drama Department. In between teaching, she worked as a casting director within the Johannesburg based film industry. She is inspired by Oprah Winfrey.
What is your motto? – ‘Drama is not my occupation, it is my occuPASSION!’
If you could be an animal, what would you be? – ‘A Lioness of Africa.’
How would your closest friends describe you? – ‘Passionate, energetic, inspiring, difficult.’
Your favourite 90s jam? – ‘OOooh, there are so many! I love Beyoncé, Will.I.AM and many others. I love music, full stop.’
If you were a new addition to a crayon box. What colour would you be, and why? – ‘Fiery Red because of my robust personality.’
NICOLAAS JOUBERT (Interviewed by Jireh de Almeida)
Mr Joubert recently graduated from the University of Pretoria. He served as an intern at Uplands in 2018, and now returns to teach HSS and Geography.
Why did you choose Uplands? – ‘Besides the fact that it is a great school, it is close to the Kruger and I prefer a suburb rather than a city.’
Who is your favourite band or singer? – ‘Mumford and Sons.’
When you were younger, what did you want to be? – ‘A pro-athlete in basketball.’
Name one person who has inspired you? – ‘Michael Jordan. He is someone to look up to in terms of his hard work and his ability to keep going, especially in the hard times.’
What advice would you give to your 16 year old self? – ‘Study hard to get the future you deserve.’
How would your friends describe you? – ‘Late.’
ERIK PRINSLOO (Interviewed by Lucas Ruf)
Mr Prinsloo previously taught at Uplands for 16 years. For the past 3 years he has taught at Southdowns College in Irene, Pretoria. Having returned to Uplands, he will teach Afrikaans and coach rugby. His youngest daughter joins us in Grade 10.
Mr Prinsloo graduated from Onderwyskollege in Pretoria, and recently completed his Honours degree with UNISA. He finds it important to create a sense of enjoyment whilst teaching. He is a strong believer in the extra mile and appreciates it when he sees it in others. Mr Prinsloo is a keen golfer and would love a game; invites warmly accepted.
GENEVIEVE KEYTERS (Interviewed by Lebogang Mashigo)
Miss Keyters is vibrant, warm and very welcoming. She studied Education at the University of Pretoria and finds the White River community quite different to Pretoria – she has noticed that everyone knows Everyone. Her positivity is definitely contagious! She will be teaching CAT.
Why have you chosen to teach in a high school? – ‘I like talking to young adults.’
If you could give advice to your 16 year old self, what would it be? – ‘Focus on your books and create a balance. Be consistent and remember to play just as hard as you work. You cannot focus on one thing all the time; find happy distractions.’
Do you have any hobbies? – ‘Anything to do with nature.’
Would you consider going on our Grade 10 Journey? – ‘Assuming all snakes are away on holiday, I am in.’
Why Uplands? – ‘I recently got engaged to Mr Michael Gill, who is in the Uplands Sports Department.’
What advice would you give to the Matrics? – ‘Remember that you only have one year and one chance, so don’t slouch. Make as much time for your friends as possible, and understand that getting the best out of this time means that you will have to make sacrifices along the way.’
Why CAT? – ‘I have horrible handwriting so like it that computers do it for me. It is a very interesting subject as it continually changes.’