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Spotlight on Staff: Lisa Wujec

Lisa Wujec is our Year 6 teacher and Sports Coordinator. Originally from Arbroath, on the East coast of Scotland, she’ll soon be a fully fledged Kiwi with five years at ACG Sunderland under her belt. She’s an avid traveller, likes to climb hills, and believes a wetsuit’s cheating when it comes to open water swimming.

What made you come to New Zealand?

I came over in 2010. The recession had just hit and there was a shortage of teaching jobs in Scotland at the time. I wanted to stay in education and I’d been to Australia before, so thought why not give New Zealand a go? It was English speaking and had a similar curriculum, which was a good start.

How would people describe you?
Loud, confident, athletic, with a good sense of humour and a healthy lifestyle.

What do you get involved with outside of school?
I started swimming at the age of four, and competing from 11. Now I do Masters swimming. I won a gold medal as part of the 4x50m London-based relay team at the World Masters Champs in 2008. Now I do the Ocean Swim Series.

What don’t we know about you?
I taught English in South Korea and my favourite food is Dol Sot Bibimbap. I’ve travelled to 32 countries, been to the Great Wall of China and swum at the Great Barrier Reef.

What makes you enjoy teaching?
I love the dynamic nature of it and the fun stuff. Everyday there’s something different, and new challenges. The children bring a smile to my face. I love seeing them progress and it’s very rewarding when they leave quite clever!

What are you most proud of?
My ability to make friends all over the world wherever I go.

What does the future hold?
I genuinely live for the moment, so I don’t think a lot about the future. In saying that, over my years of teaching I’ve worked with more and more children with a range of learning needs and I enjoy the challenges that that poses. I may go back and learn more about specific learning needs.

I would like to travel more, help people in some way, whether it’s with the kids at school or befriending someone and taking them ten pin bowling.

I’m at my most happy when the sun is shining and I’m helping people. That’s what makes me content.