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Ms. Humphreys is the Learning Enhancement Coordinator at Elsa. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. In High School her experiences with volunteering led her to study social work at the University of Cape Town. Her work at schools during this time showed her the significant power education has in our lives. She moved to Hong Kong with the hope of combining her love for counselling, education and travel.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time I love reading, watching series and traveling as well as spending time with friends. At the moment I am rereading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I am also  currently watching Friends on Netflix for maybe the 5th time!

What is your favourite part about working with young people?

I love working with students and seeing the moment that they understand something that they were struggling with: it is great seeing students take on something challenging or new and succeed or grow in their understanding. I also really enjoy the conversations I have with students about ideas and issues we face in the world today. 

What is your favourite thing about teaching at Elsa?

I love the sense of community at Elsa, I have been here a short time but I have felt very welcomed. I love my role at Elsa as it gives me the opportunity to combine both the things I love: education and social work. Something else that I really enjoy about my role is that it allows me to move around to different classes and engage with many different subjects and students, which means I am constantly learning something or being challenged to think about it in a new way. 

When did you become involved in education and social work?

My background is in both teaching and social work. I finished studying social work in 2012 and then did my TESOL. Since then I have taught English in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Korea. Before moving to Hong Kong I worked at an NGO called Childline in South Africa.
Thank you for you time Miss Humphreys, and welcome to Elsa High School! I know you’re already making a world of difference to students here. 

Interview conducted by Isabella Ricklow Grade 10