Alison Zinsli: From New Zealand to India | Aga Khan Academies

Alison Zinsli: From New Zealand to India

The Aga Khan Academy is the third overseas school I have taught in. I have come here after seven years in Muscat, Oman and two years in Maseru, Lesotho. I taught in New Zealand and have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Otago, a Teaching Diploma from Dunedin College of Education and a Montessori Diploma. I am married and have four grown-up children and a grandson. I am passionate about animals, both pets and wild animals, and I have looked after many different kinds of creatures over the years. I also love to read, and I am excited that I am in a position to pass on my love of reading to the students.

I feel privileged to teach here at the Academy in Hyderabad and believe in His Highness the Aga Khan's vision for the students in all the Academies. As one of the start-up teachers here in Hyderabad I feel great pride in the learning environment we have helped create since our arrival in July 2011.

I believe that students need to be shown how to lead an ethical life and that we need to lead by example. Showing the students how to be ethical stewards of our Academy and the greater community is something which I feel strongly about. The world is becoming smaller with the ability to travel further, faster and cheaper.  We all need to become open-minded and accepting of other cultures, races and religions so we can all share the planet.

The students we have here are eager to learn and are a pleasure to work alongside. The Academy will continue to grow as more and more students and their families hear about the wonderful opportunities which are offered here. I am happy to be part of this wonderful Academy.