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Ruby Isaac (nee Gannon)

Attended 2005-2009

Ruby loved attending William Colenso College and the opportunities and gained a lot from the many experiences that were offered. She made friends with a diverse range of people from all different backgrounds, including overseas exchange students. 

Ruby found the outdoor education programme amazing which pushed her out of her comfort zone and she had experiences that she may not have otherwise had.  

She was into arts, so was able to pursue her passions through many different classes, like dance, art, design, physical education, videography, and photography.

In Year 13 (7th form), Ruby had the experience of being able to choreograph and project manage a dance piece as part of her level 3 credits which she said boosted her confidence. Thanks to Ms Kersey for that experience. Because of this confidence and new learnings, she was able to transfer those skills into leadership positions in her career. Ruby said that being part of productions was heaps of fun. 

Ruby was a house leader for Tupari house, she also played football throughout her time at WCC and was made Captain of the girls Xl team when she was in the Year 13 (7th form). Again, this was another opportunity to learn more about teamwork and leadership. Learning these skills helped Ruby through her university and into her teaching profession.

Ruby was asked what were her strongest influences in life? This was her reply: 

“The people who have a good balance of working hard and pursuing their dreams but also looking after themselves and enjoying the now. I think the key thing that has influenced me in my life is that our mindset is incredibly powerful.”

Ruby has been teaching since leaving high school. She began volunteering at a local primary school during her free periods in Year 13 (7th form). She went to Waikato University for three years and came out with a Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in professional education. 

Her career choice was made a little easier as she was surrounded by teachers in her extended whanau and often being in classrooms. Ruby’s mum, also a teacher encouraged her into teaching, Ruby loved school herself and wanted to recreate that positive experience for others, because she believed the teachers made a huge difference in whether she enjoyed school or not.

Ruby loves teaching because she likes making a difference in children’s lives. Building relationships and sparking enthusiasm about learning and watching children grow both academically and socially are her priorities.

Outside of teaching, Ruby loves going for walks in nature spending time with family and friends, yoga, and gratitude journaling. She is extremely proud being a mum and creating a family that she simply adores.

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