Deahna Shearer is the newest teacher at Waitaki Valley School. Reporter Tyson Young finds out more about her.
Q Where do you hail from, Deahna?
I’m from Alexandra originally.
Q How long have you been a teacher?
I’ve been a teacher for about nine months. I finished teachers’ college in Dunedin last year and I knew I wanted to be in a rural setting. I enjoyed Dunedin but I really wanted to get out of the city. I applied for a few teaching jobs in rural places. This was my third job interview, and I was lucky enough to get a job here. I accepted the job without even thinking.
Q How are you finding the Kurow life so far?
I love it. The teachers here at school are awesome. Netball started in March, so about a month later I met a whole lot of girls. I also joined the young farmers’ club, and literally within two weeks of me living here, there was a new event, so I managed to meet heaps of people through that.
Q What made you want to become a teacher?
I coached netball and I did a lot of kayak coaching during high school. I took a gap year at the end of high school because I didn’t know really what I wanted to do. On my gap year, I went on Outward Bound and then I went over and did Camp America. That was three months of being with kids, and teaching them things. When I came back to New Zealand, I moved back to Alexandra and applied for teachers’ college and the police. I got into both, but it can take up to six months for your police application to process and I wasn’t prepared to wait that long. So I thought that I’d go to teachers’ college instead. I haven’t looked back.
Q What’s the best part of the job?
It’s so easy to say it’s the kids, but it actually is. The kids are so funny. I’m laughing all day, and I feel like I need my own notebook to write down the things that often happen. It’s also so rewarding when you see the progress that your kids have made. You know you’ve done a good job when you’ve got them to that step.
Q What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m quite an outside person, so when I’m not working I like spending my time outdoors. I’ve already used the Alps 2 Ocean track for running and biking. I was in Mt Cook last weekend and I’ve just had a netball break-up this weekend. There’s so much to do.