Staff Profile 5 – Mrs Pindura, Deputy Head, English Teacher

September 2018

Born: Harare

Trained: Midlands State University BA English & Communication, 2012 and Great Zimbabwe University Post Graduate Diploma in Education majoring in English and Religious Studies 2015

Specialist subject: English, I can also teach Religious Studies

Teacher of English at Pakati since 2013 – hoping for a career in Public Relations but after getting no offers decided to go into teaching.

The Pakati area and the school has grown on me. When I first got deployed there I never thought I would stay more than one term. Being a city girl and adapting to a new way of life was a bit hard but now I can even hold a hoe and engage in subsistence farming by myself. I love the clean air and it’s not crowded at all like the city I am from.

Interesting stories? During my first week at Pakati I forgot to close my window early and a bat got in. I had never seen one before and had not seen it get into the house. As soon as I was settled for the night it started flying all over the room hovering above my bed. I was so freaked out and thoughts about witches didn’t do my blood pressure any good. I didn’t know it was just a bat, and it must have been confused by the light I had hence the hovering. I almost suffocated under the sheets, too afraid to get out of bed for fear of non-existent goblins!🤣 Now I have adapted to my environment and am able to keep the bats away😁

What would you do if you were not teaching? I would be in Public Relations, be a communications professional or editing, something I do occasionally for a Professor friend of mine.

Hobbies/interests? I am an avid reader & watch movies a lot. I love travelling with my husband and visiting new places when the budget allows. I like playing volleyball & watching field hockey, though since I got married I have had to learn to like soccer too🤣

Tell us something nobody knows about you: I do wooden dancing and singing in the shower and pretend I am a star!🙈

Author:

My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and spent the last 13 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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