Degrees and Certifications:
September 2014- October 2016: The UCL Institute of Education NPQSL Closing the gap & Succeeding in leadership September 2009 – July 2012: Middlesex University MA (Leadership and Management) 2.1 MA degree - Work based MA degree June 2008 – June 2008: International Baccalaureate Certificate in Math Studies November 1995 – November 1999: University of Nairobi Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree Math and Economics Upper second class, honors degree January 1990 – December 1993: Alliance Girls High School KCSE Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education B Plus
Ms. Catherine Kenda
I was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa. I achieved a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree in Economics and Math, in 1999, at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I also achieved a work-based MA degree in Education (leadership and management) in 2012 from a London university.
In early 2001, I was invited to Australia by family friends. While I was here, I applied for a math substitute teaching job that was in London. In August of that year, I left my motherland and moved to the UK. While I was in the UK, my teaching career started off with me being a long-term math substitute teacher in an extremely challenging high school in North West London. In 2002, I accepted a similar position at Dormers Wells High School based in west London. After a few months, I was appointed as a permanent math teacher. I took on other roles within the school such as being a Numeracy Coordinator, a Deputy Year Leader and not long after that I became the Head of Department for Math, a School Staff Governor, a Pedagogy Leader and a Subject Network Leader for the borough of Ealing. As a HOD, I had the opportunity to travel to Athens and Beijing as part for international teacher professional development. In 2016, having ensured that students had high aspirations in their education and life, and that the math department could stand on its own, I left London to go and work as a Math HOD in an underperforming school in Norfolk, East Anglia. I was at the forefront of raising levels of aspirations and standards of behavior and achievement at this school.
June 2019 brought yet another huge change in my life; leaving the UK to live in Leesburg, Virginia with my husband and children. I became a substitute teacher for Loudoun County in September 2019 and took on assignments that were challenging but at the same time rewarding. I also deliberately took on high school math assignments because this is where my passion lies.
In January 2020, I sat my high school Praxis certification exam and passed. In mid-January, I attended a job fair interview In Loudoun County and was successfully interviewed and offered a teaching job at LRHS. I was so thrilled!!
One of the items in my bucket list was to be a sub in nearly all the schools in the county before the end of June but the Pandemic not only cut this dream short but changed everything in the world forever. I believe we will emerge from this crisis stronger, resilient and with more forbearance.
In my free time, I enjoy running, working out in the gym and watching movies. I am also a Christian who enjoys reading and studying the Bible. I am sort of an introvert; in the company of my peers, I prefer to observe, learn and then join in at the appropriate time.
My teaching philosophy is that every child matters; their academics matter but most importantly, their well-being matters. I also believe that teaching and learning takes place in an environment where both the teacher and students respect one another. I cannot do it alone; I will need the support of my colleagues and most importantly, of parents. It is my hope that by working together, we will be able to achieve what is in the best interest of our students, mathematical aptness and upstanding citizenship.
I have worked in culturally diverse schools; teaching math, producing high track records of behavior and achievement but also raising aspirations of 11-18-year-old students by setting an example of hard work, accountability, perseverance and showing them that the sky is limitless; that they have endless possibilities in life. I am now really looking forward to applying all the experience I have gained in my life to working and interacting with parents, teachers and students in a completely new environment!