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Friday 2nd December 2016

As students, our time at King Ed’s is limited. In less than two years we will all be scattered around the country; pursuing our dreams and venturing into the ‘real world’. Although this may sound daunting, we are lucky to be surrounded by adults who have had these experiences themselves – particularly our Principal, Remley Mann.

Remley did most of her education in the United States, completing some of her university degree in France. She has lived in three countries and has taught in both the US and the UK. With this, she concludes that ‘there is so much more that we have in common than our differences’, a philosophy that she clearly incorporates into life at King Ed’s.

Remley claims, “to be at the helm of an organisation in which we know that we are potentially changing people’s lives is very rewarding. It is also very rewarding to work in an environment with such committed members of staff, as none of this would be possible without them.”

As for new students, Remley advises that making the most of your time at King Ed’s is essential.

“Try new things; be open to making new friends; expand your horizon through enrichments… just really make the most of every opportunity”, she says.

Remley has not always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, at the age of 10 her dream was to be an antique dealer. She then changed her mind and wanted to become a lawyer, working on the rights of Native American Indians, as her great grandmother was a Cherokee Indian. It was only when she got to university that she fell in love with teaching.

Given the long hours that come with being Principal, I asked Remley how she copes with stress:

“For me, work is part of life, I don’t separate the two, so I think it is important to have a ‘life balance’. I always make sure that I’m physically active because I feel that it helps with your mental equilibrium. I get up at 5am every morning to do Ashtanga Yoga before I walk my dog and be at college for 8am. I’ve always had this mantra: early to bed, early to rise, organise… and it works! But the key is to find what works for you.”

As Principal, Remley is very involved in college life and communicates with students daily. Whilst it is impossible for her to give advice to each of us individually, there is one thing she would like every student to consider:

“People always ask me; don’t you miss the United States? But my answer is no. I think that no matter where you are, or what phase of life you’re in, you have to enjoy the present… It’s important not to always work towards a goal. I used to do this, but I realised that you’re always going to have a goal, so you have to learn to enjoy the path that you’re on now.”

Remley brings experience, knowledge and history to our college – an incredible fact being that two of her ancestors were former US Presidents! As someone who is always trying to work towards a goal, my interview with Remley has encouraged me to live in the present and enjoy the time that we have, including our time at King Ed’s.

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