Kristen Zekic is new to Braemar College this year, and teaches VCE and Year 9 Drama, and History.
Since starting with the College this year, Kristen says she has been inspired by the students’ love of learning. She says, “Students here are polite, well mannered, and you can extend them because they are eager.”
The thing she enjoys most about her job is working with young people. She loves finding out about their passions and talents and helping them develop. She loves being able to make a difference in their lives.
Kristen’s VCE students have to complete a complex task, performing a 7 minute piece within tight parameters.
“VCE drama can be daunting, but students end up producing something they are really proud of. My job is to mentor and drive them in the right direction so that they are meeting clear criteria set out in the curriculum.”
Kristen is always looking for new ways to help and challenge her students and this year has introduced a new initiative at Braemar, connecting up with the North Western Drama Network of Victoria, giving students the chance to perform in front of other schools within the region.
Students have the opportunity to perform at the Clocktower Theatre in Moonee Ponds in front of an audience from eight schools. Braemar College is the furthest from Melbourne.
Kristen loves theatre, but she has been taking a break from acting recently due to her teaching commitments, and her voluntary work for the Greyhound Adoption Program, and other rehoming organisations.
Kristen is a massive animal lover who currently has cats and a poodle, and a greyhound.
She is looking forward to bringing more new initiatives to Braemar College. Kristen says, “It’s great that we have so many enthusiastic students at the school.” She would like to see them make the best of their dramatic talents, through participating in activities like theatre sports.
For students wishing to pursue a career in performance, Kristen says that it’s important to take any opportunity that’s offered, and be willing to extend yourself, and take on new challenges like creating your own original works.