By Sairra Misra
Many new teachers joined Dubai American Academy this academic year. Mr Zachary Stewart, being one of them, has entered the history department. He’s always wanted to be a teacher and is also very passionate about photography. The Pawprint asked him a few questions based on his life and career.
Why did you start teaching? Also, why that specific subject?
I’ve worked with younger people for many years. Even when I was a teenager, I worked with younger students, and I wanted to do that as a career. I got into history because I was interested in it, but my ultimate goal was less history and more general teaching.
Where were you before you came to DAA?
Before DAA, I spent seven years in Guangzhou China.
Why did you move to DAA?
I knew a teacher on staff. She was a former colleague of mine in China, and she spoke very highly of the school and in particular the school’s culture of kindness.
What were your first impressions on DAA?
It’s huge! It’s a massive school; it’s the size of my university, to be honest. So my first impression was ‘try not to get lost!’.
What was your most memorable teaching moment?
A few years ago, I was teaching a global issues course to grade 12 students. We took about 20 of the students to Kenya, Africa and we built schools there. It was a great moment, and the students were able to see some of the issues we talked about in class in the real world.
What is the best part of your day as a teacher?
Pretending I’m a stand-up comedian and trying to see if I can make the students laugh.
Do you have any hobbies, besides teaching?
One of my main hobbies is taking pictures. I am very passionate about photography.
What’s one thing you miss most from your home country?
I miss having the opportunity to watch live music more regularly and also, watching hockey.
Mr. Stewart is happy to be joining the DAA community, and we wish him the best of luck for his first year in DAA!