Mr Ralph Algreen-Ussing


Life before Girton  
Born: Mildura, brought up on four thousand acres half way between Mildura and Renmark. A lot of ploughing paddocks, hunting and fishing.
Previous Work: farm hand, roustabout, hay carter, car washer, and hospital cleaner.
University: Boarded at Queens College and completed Honours in Mathematics at Melbourne University followed by Diploma of Education at Melbourne State College.
Previous Teaching: Cheltenham High School, Braemar College, Castlemaine Secondary College, started teaching at Girton Grammar School in 1998. In 2015 and 2016 my wife and I ran and taught a small indigenous school in the Kimberly Ranges in Western Australia. The class I taught was Years 3 to Year 9.

What I Love about Teaching:
Seeing the joy when a student understands a concept they have been struggling with.

What is the best thing about teaching at Girton?
The students who are generally happy to be here and engaged with learning new things.

My favourite classroom activity:
Algebra

What difference can good teaching make?
To see a student understand that they can change their own life by applying themselves and providing the materials, instruction and opportunity for them to do this.

Other Hats:
Love Sport and have played a lot of Cricket, Tennis and Table Tennis. Currently MiC Table Tennis
Have had five books published by Hawker-Brownlow, designed and built two houses.