Meet the latest pick of the Ensworth Grind Andy Kelley, brand new Chinese Teacher at the Devon Farms Campus.
I’ve never been all that interested in eating on Thanksgiving Day, that takes time away from throwing around football outside. But if there is blackberry cobbler, I’m going to be saving lots of room for it!
How long have you been at Ensworth and what brought you to the high school?
I’m new this year. My brother Jon is technology coordinator at the high school and he told me about Ensworth’s Chinese program. The more I learned about the school and the potential for growth in the Chinese language classes the more interested I became in Ensworth.
I first started studying Chinese when I went to China in 1999 to teach English. While teaching, I met some incredible people and travelled all over China. I went there because I wanted to see for myself how people on the other side of the world lived. Once I got there I found that there was so much to learn and explore that I could spend my whole life there and only have scratched the surface. But I also learned that a sincere desire to learn and understand other people would be greatly rewarded. I really got hooked and decided I needed to learn the language to truly appreciate the Chinese and their culture. I truly think to understand the nature of the world today, a good start would be knowing something about both America and China—obviously, we have a head start on the America side. I hope that Ensworth students will be on the cutting edge of not only understanding ourselves but understanding ourselves in relation to others.
If you could be a fly on the wall in any Ensworth classroom which one would it be and why?
That’s a tough one… I look at my colleagues’ class offerings and often wish I could start high school all over again. I probably need to sit in on a chemistry or science class, but I’d really like to watch any of Coach Lea’s Spanish classes. I’ve heard there might be singing and I love listening to foreign language classes… Besides, I could use some brushing up on my Spanish.
What’s one of your favorite Ensworth activities or assemblies you look forward to every year?
Being a new guy, there are a bunch of activities/assemblies I just haven’t done yet, but anytime Ensworth students show off their musical ability in assembly it is a real treat. I am constantly amazed by the talent that Ensworth students (and teachers) demonstrate. From Rock Band to solo/acoustic performances they have all been wonderful. It’s always nice to have a melody planted in your head as you leave the theater and head back to class.
Who is the next Red Gables faculty you would like to see profiled?