I am a truly passionate educator. Mathematics is often a subject that learners find challenging, but it is the most amazing feeling when they get it. And I love being part of that. I am a real animal lover too with a collection of animals at home. Family is a big deal in my life and I am very honoured to be part of the Treverton Family

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My name is Deanne Pennels, nee Bebb. I attended Treverton from 1995-2006 being the first ever Grade 1 class at Treverton and the last Grade 8 class at the Prep. Living in the Midlands and growing up at Treverton instilled a deep love for adventure and the outdoors, and after graduating from Varsity my husband and I lived in Thailand for 8 years and travelled to many places all over the world. We travelled the Great Ocean Road of Australia to the Sydney Opera House, Lake Taupo and the amazing volcanic town of Rotorua in New Zealand to Auckland, New York City to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite down the Pacific Coast Highway, The Grand Canyon through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and to see the wolves of Yellowstone. We travelled all around Asia, from the Cities of Hong Kong and Singapore to the Ancient Temples of Cambodia, the Vietnamese War Museum to the Rice Terraces of Bali and of course the gorgeous beaches of Thailand. To see some of these natural wonders of the world, were some of the greatest moments of my life.

Now life has settled down to a totally different pace and different kinds of memories are being made as I am the Mom of two precious little boys and a darling adventurous little girl. My afternoons are filled with tutoring Maths to high school students, my other passion in life. I so appreciate the chance we had to live internationally, and to gain perspective and understanding of the world at large and to truly love and respect people from other races and cultures. It also provided an amazing opportunity to work with students at a top tier International School while completing my Teaching Certification.

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It is not always easy to answer the question: Who am I? I am a multitude of things to many people, I am a Daughter of The King, a mother and a wife. I am also a passionate teacher, avid sports lover, outdoor enthusiast and liberal thinker. I somehow do not always fit the mold of my profession and the perspectives others may have of my various labels…and I love it this way.

My “abnormalness” (for lack of a better word) began at school, when I beat the boys in most short distance running events and participated in 9 different sports over my high school years. Unusual for “a girl” certainly. But, therein lies my urge to fight the labels… who decided that “a girl” could not do all of these things. I am inspired by History as a subject, because it is by knowing where we have come from that we can best create a path for the future. History teaches us to analyse and understand the perspective of others, surely the world could do with more of this? History has the potential to create global citizens of substance and positive contributors to the currently broken and hurting world.
My other major is Physical Education, yes unusual again, I know. The quote by Kurt Vonnegut rings true here: “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” Imagine if everyone treated their bodies this way, how different would our world and the confidence of people everywhere be?

My main aim in education is to change the life of ONE pupil, just ONE. One pupil that can openly say and confess “because of you I didn’t give up. Because of you I am a better person.” Coaching a team or a pupil is one of my greatest privileges. Coaching teenagers can be a complex, frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience. By being a coach a person is likely to impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime. As an avid lover of the outdoors, it saddens me that some people have never, not for a day, slept in the bush and woken up to a sunrise. There is no place in the world that you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others than in God’s splendour. In Job 12: 7- 10 we read, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Education is a challenging and ever-changing space. As a teacher you can be a hero one minute, and a villain the next. It is a calling and gift from God to shape young lives and young hearts to create a world that is better than the one we inherited and to help create the change we wish to see in the world.

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