Vicky Levesque

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

I am a French and mu­sic teacher at Mount Beauty Pri­mary School. I teach preps to year six three days a week, and do CRT work the rest of the time.

At the mo­ment we are prac­tis­ing French songs and plays for the arts night. I only started work­ing here this term.

Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted to do?

No. When I was young, be­ing a teacher never crossed my mind. I didn’t like school, prob­a­bly be­cause none of the teach­ers I had were all that good.

I grew up in Canada and French is my first lan­guage. I learned English at school but I didn’t speak it reg­u­larly un­til I moved to the West Coast when I was 21.

I moved there for a change, the way you do when you’re in your 20s.

I worked in hos­pi­tal­ity, and I met Si­mon my Aus­tralian sweet­heart in (the Cana­dian ski re­sort of Whistler, and we got mar­ried in Las Ve­gas. After we had a baby we came back to Aus­tralia and lived in Torquay, which is my hus­band’s home town.

I did a per­sonal train­ing course, but I wanted a bit more so I went to Deakin Uni­ver­sity to study psy­chol­ogy. After a year I changed to teach­ing, with a psy­chol­ogy ma­jor.

How do you come to be in the job?

After I qual­i­fied, I found it very hard to get a job near Gee­long. Then I got a six-month con­tract at Wandiligong.

We had been com­ing up here to the snow for about seven years and had been think­ing of mov­ing up for some time. We moved in Jan­uary, and then I got the job at Mt Beauty.

What do you love about the job?

I love the kids. I love their en­ergy. I love it when you see the penny drop and they sud­denly get what you’re talk­ing about.

I love the chal­lenge – there’s never a bor­ing day.

Teach­ing my na­tive tongue is a great plea­sure too, es­pe­cially with the lit­tle kids – they are nat­u­rals.

What do you do in your spare time?

Snow­board­ing. I’ve been do­ing that since I was 12, and I’ve been ski­ing since I was three.

I got back on skis for the first time for ages re­cently. My kids go to Falls Creek Pri­mary School and they do a lot of ski­ing there.

I did the Joey Hop­pet with my daugh­ter last week. It was great fun.

We have just started moun­tain bik­ing for the first time since we came here and we hope to get into it more in the sum­mer.

We love go­ing down to the river, and we love trav­el­ling.

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