Karen Benn – Zest 4 Maths
Karen Benn ACIB, AMIEx, BSc(Hons), Dip Tch (Sec)
My journey towards teaching started when my son started school and my daughter started preschool. I went into my children’s school as a volunteer to support students with their mathematics learning. I loved it and the feedback from the students, their parents and their teacher was awesome. This inspired me to do a mathematics degree. I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the classroom learning myself and as usual put in 100% effort to be awarded a Bachelor of Science First Class Honours degree in Mathematics. During this time I also did private mathematics tuition for primary and secondary school students.
A week after graduating, my family and I moved to New Zealand to start a new chapter of our lives. I graduated from the University of Otago with a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Secondary Education and was also awarded a Certificate for Teaching Practice Excellence by the Academic Committee. I taught at Aparima College, Riverton and was the Head of the mathematics department for 8 years.
I am passionate in helping students to:
Understand the mathematics they are learning
Tackle new topics with confidence and enjoyment
Exceed their expectations