Spotlight On: Ms Kirsty Shepherd

Posted March 7, 2023 in Interviews & Spotlights, Teacher Spotlights, The Wesleyan By Community Relations

A Wesley Middle School teacher since 2011, joining us after stints teaching around the world.


What was your background before Wesley?

I was lucky enough to find a vocation in teaching early. It is a profession that I love and has allowed me to travel and follow my passions. Before Wesley I worked in Manjimup, London, several schools in Perth, and also an International School in Istanbul.

You are the Hardey House Coordinator. How’s that?

My favourite thing about being the Hardey House Coordinator for the last 10 years has been seeing the boys and girls grow over the four years that they are in Middle School.

Our first event is always the Swimming Carnival. Trying to organise the Year 5 students at their first event and then teaching them in Year 8 always makes me smile. The Hardey boys and girls are always the loudest and most passionate (in my opinion) at our Kay Cup Events.

What’s the Inter-House comradery like in Middle School?

Regarding the comradery between Houses in Middle School, I would say we are supportive of each other but also highly competitive. Winning is not everything, but it sure is nice.

What’s your favourite subject to teach?

I love teaching both English and Humanities & Social Sciences in equal measure. I try to make the content engaging, interesting and fun.

What it’s like in your classroom?

I want the students in my class to feel that it is a safe space to express their ideas and have the freedom to be creative and share their opinion. Kindness, patience and understanding are all valued and there is a balance between new technology and old-school pen and paper. I hope students leave my classroom after a year more confident and willing to work harder to achieve success.

Favourite quotation?

My favourite quote at this time in my life is from Eleanor Roosevelt: “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.”


This article was originally published in the Summer 2022 edition of The Wesleyan. To read more, click here.

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