Article June 22, 2023
Meet new history teacher, Annalisa Cleland-Awity
Meet one of the newest members of our growing Southeast Asia timetable faculty, Annalisa Cleland-Awity! Originally from the UK and educated in Birmingham and London, Annalisa will be joining the King's InterHigh community from September 2023 to teach history. Learn more about Annalisa in our recent interview below:
What are your professional qualifications/accreditations?
I have a BA Hons in History from the University of Birmingham and a PGCE and a MA in Leadership both from University College London (UCL).
Why did you decide to go into teaching?
I entered teaching for a number of reasons. My teachers were a massive inspiration to me at school and I wanted to be that role model to others. Before I entered teaching, I trained local charities and community groups in fundraising. It was always really satisfying watching people leave sessions feeling empowered. Teaching History in inner city London was a great way to connect with students who were once like me.
What do you love most about being a teacher?
I really enjoy it when students ask questions that challenge the world around us or apply what we study in class to everyday situations. I always want the students I teach to see the connections with their own lives.
What was your teaching experience before joining King's InterHigh?
I started teaching History at a secondary school in East London. I went on to lead a Humanities Facutly in South East London before moving to Dubai to teach at an international school.
What inspired you to make the change to teaching at an online school?
It's exciting to be part of a school that is the future. The world is changing and education has been slow to keep up pace. King's InterHigh is flexible and personalised.
What are you most looking forward to about the new academic year with King’s InterHigh?
I am really excited to to meet our students. I am looking forward to developing those connections and getting to know them really well.
As a teacher, how do you encourage students to achieve their goals?
I think that it is important to first have a vision then work towards that. I believe in getting it down on paper then breaking it down into manageable steps. Every journey begins with a single step.
What are your hobbies outside of the classroom?
My life revolves around food. I love eating and cooking. I am always trying out new recipes. Alongside anything food related, I enjoy hiking, travelling and reading. I always have a podcast playing too.