Life before Girton
After the successful completion of my education, I spent four years working locally as a child care worker. I then spent time overseas travelling and working my way around Europe and Africa. On returning to Australia, I spent a further four years working for the City of Greater Bendigo as a family support worker. In 2013 I graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Education and have been teaching at Girton in a variety of capacities ever since.
What I Love about Teaching
The aspect of teaching that I find most rewarding is that I am continually learning with my students. Through this learning and by being reflective I have been able to continually grow as a teacher. The other aspect of teaching that I love is spending time getting to know my students. Children have such a unique view of the world and it is a privilege to be part of their development.
What I enjoy about teaching at Girton is that there are school wide expectations and values that are upheld by both teachers and students alike. It is a wonderful environment to teach and learn in.
What do you like best about the year level you teach?
As I teach at both year two and year six level, I have the best of both worlds in terms of student development. It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic year two students are about every aspect of their day. It is equally rewarding to see the depth of ideas and thinking that the year six students demonstrate in their work and discussions.
My favourite classroom activity
By far, my favourite classroom activity, at any level, would be reading aloud and the discussions, ideas and opinions that come about from sharing stories. The students gain so much from reading as it can positively impact so many areas of their learning, such as oral language development, literacy skills, self-confidence and creative expression just to name a few!
What difference can good teaching make?
My view is that apart from teaching content, being able to support students to be organised as learners is vital to their success and that this is an area I feel is common to all students achieving successful outcomes in their education. I am a highly organised person and I feel that this helps me to be able to better support my students to develop habits and strategies that enable them to be more organised in their approach to learning.
Outside of Girton, I support my children’s sporting teams by participating on committees, and assisting with team management duties. I also enjoy bush walking and kayaking in the warmer months.