How long have you been a teacher and when did you start at BGS?
I have been teaching for three years, after spending 10 years in corporate marketing and public relations. I started at BGS in 2015 and have loved teaching in both the Middle and Senior Schools. This year, I'm teaching Year 8 English and History and Year 12 English.
Why were you inspired to become a teacher?
Before teaching, I was a manager for Bond University's international marketing team and I spent a lot of time working with students and visiting schools in Asia and Latin America. I was inspired by the passionate teachers I met who loved their jobs and knew their students so well. I've also been eager to continuously learn and challenge myself, so I decided to study education. It was the best decision I've ever made.
What do you enjoy most about teaching BGS boys?
BGS boys are passionate, energetic learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. I love that all achievements are genuinely valued and celebrated in our community, from a small fundraising venture to a national sporting success. I am constantly inspired by their collaborative spirit, which is enriched by students' diverse experiences and ideas. But most importantly, I appreciate their wit, humour and kindness, which makes every day enjoyable.
How do you make your classroom fun for students?
We dance! Our renditions of the best Just Dance clips available are a Form Class favourite. While there isn't time to put on our dancing shoes every lesson, I believe that boys need to move. I try to offer students a range of activities that require them to walk and talk, create visual representations or coach each other through problem-solving tasks. This helps them to be confident, independent communicators who are keen to take control of their own learning journeys.
What's your favourite lesson/topic to teach and why?
I absolutely love teaching communication excellence in English and History. By understanding how to impact your audience, you can share your perspective, persuade, inform and inspire. We all love stories, but some boys are less eager to share them at first. As they develop and master effective writing skills and experience success, it is exciting to watch their creativity and confidence grow. I hope the skills they learn in English will help them to be successful communicators in all areas of their lives.
How has teaching changed since you started?
With the new senior syllabus and external exam system approaching, we are all focusing on strategies to ensure the development of transferable effective thinking skills. As teachers, our planning centres on what and how students will learn each lesson. We now understand that it is crucial for students to understand why they are mastering skills and how they can continuously manage their individual progression and development across every subject, each year.
Do you think the way students learn will change over the next decade?
The learning environment and culture will certainly continue to change and students will need to be flexible, conscientious learners who are excellent problem solvers and collaborators. New technology will also impact the way students learn and I will be growing my skillset alongside my students.
What achievement are you most proud of as a teacher?
The definition of achievement for me as a teacher is having a class of students who enjoy coming to school. It is really important that students feel included and happy in my class. So when they leave at the end of the day with a warm smile and say thank you – that is what makes my job very satisfying.
If you had to name one thing that sets BGS Middle School apart from other schools what would it be?
Teachers in the Middle School genuinely love being part of our supportive, strong community. We have a lot of fun working together and sharing ideas to help our students. I think this atmosphere of belonging is passed onto our students and as a result, they are encouraged to offer the same care and support to their peers and friends.