I'm Stephanie Liesel Sirkhot, though I prefer the name Steph. Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, English is my native language. I pursued a Bachelor of Education at the University of Pretoria, followed by a Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of Witwatersrand. Remarkably, I undertook my latter degree part-time while juggling work commitments.
Complementing my academic journey, I obtained my TEFL certificate through online studies at The TEFL Academy, a distinguished institution based in the United Kingdom. My quest for knowledge continues as I am presently engrossed in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computing.
In the realm of education, my versatility shines. With a teaching spectrum spanning from Grade 4 to Grade 12, my focus predominantly gravitated towards Mathematics. However, I also extended my teaching prowess to English Home Language for Grade 4 to Grade 7 students. Online, I've found joy in teaching English as a second language to both adults and children.
Diverse experiences have woven my professional fabric. I once thrived as a junior programmer in a software development company, a role that resonated deeply with me. A desire to harmonize my dual passions led me to the intersection of education and coding, where I now impart knowledge on computer science and programming.
In my English language instruction, I employ Total Physical Response (TPR) to engage learners effectively. This technique is coupled with my tendency to overemphasize words and sentences for clarity. When working with children, I introduce an endearing ensemble of cuddly toys, a collection accumulated since my own childhood. Notably, this assemblage features cherished characters like Honey the bear, Molly the cat, and Samuel the dog, with the potential to incorporate more props in the future.
My fondness for animals is undeniable. Cats and horses, in particular, occupy a special place in my heart. My affinity for these creatures translates into my involvement with animal shelters, where I dedicate my time to caring for cats. Additionally, I indulge in horse-riding when opportunities arise. Outside the educational sphere, I find delight in expressing myself through dance, particularly Ballroom and Latin styles. Though my dance journey once led me through bronze examinations and onto silver levels, my current focus is on dancing for pure enjoyment.
Software development and programming intrigue me greatly, fuelling my ongoing pursuit of knowledge in this domain.