Graduate Profile

Kat Brown - Applied Arts

Kat Brown - Applied Arts

Teacher at Whangarei Intermediate School

“I established my career as a teacher at Whangarei Intermediate School because of my arts training and background. Creativity and performing arts are really appreciated here. I was relieving at W.I.S in 2013 then was offered permanent full-time work in 2014.”

“I am primarily a performing artist and after doing a pre-entry Applied Arts course (drama) followed by a Diploma in Applied Arts (drama), I went overseas for nine years working in the creative arts, mostly performing as a musician but I was also involved in painting and other artistic pursuits. After returning to New Zealand as a single mum, I completed my B.A. (Bachelor of Applied Arts - Visual) at NorthTec.”

“I loved it because I was in my core environment and surrounded by creativity. The course taught me professionalism and perseverance, how to take my art seriously, to market myself, and to work in collaboration with others. I also further learned how to be humble being in the presence of so much talent.”

“To add value to my arts degree, I then did a post-grad course in teaching at Victoria University which fortunately led to my first relieving teacher job here. I continue to gig in town every weekend and I really love my work teaching at Whangarei Intermediate School. I think the kids enjoy the fact that I do a range of different creative things.”

“The ultimate dream job for me would be simply to play music all day, paint and make art - like I did in Canada. But at the moment I enjoy putting my focus on the kids here, encouraging and inspiring them to be themselves, learn and create.”