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and be­came my pref­er­ence. I did a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion at Rus­den which later be­came Deakin Univer­sity. When I’d fin­ished uni I got a phone call from Western­port Sec­ondary Col­lege in Hast­ings. They needed a fill-in teacher for one week, and that one week turned into eight years.

I taught maths, sci­ence and sport. After eight years I was in need of a change, but most changes would have meant mov­ing in to­wards the city and I couldn’t face that. We had spent a lot of time camp­ing at Yar­ra­wonga and thought it would be a nice place to live. I saw an ad for a teacher there, got the job and started in 2005. I was there for 12 years, the last five as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal. It was a nice place to live: we had our four kids there.

How do you come to be in the job?

I was with a group of kids from Yar­ra­wonga do­ing the ‘Fu­ture­mak­ers’ pro­gram with the Bo­gong Out­door School. We did a five-day hike across the Bo­gong High Plains in per­fect weather, and I fell in love with the place.

I rang the prin­ci­pal at Mt Beauty and asked if she had any jobs go­ing. I was of­fered this job ex­actly one year ago. What do you love about the job? I love teach­ing in the class­room be­cause of those mo­ments you see kids’ in­ter­est spark.

It doesn’t mat­ter if they’re preps or year 12. I love the fact that I can be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on young lives. It was in the pro­gres­sion through the po­si­tions of re­spon­si­bil­ity that I saw that my in­flu­ence on one class of kids could be­come an in­flu­ence on a whole year level and then I thought, wow, maybe I can in­flu­ence the whole school.

With the AP role it ex­panded to be­ing able to sup­port teach­ers in their role and be­ing able to de­velop the stu­dent’s love of learn­ing. If I wasn’t in this job I’d like to be at uni teach­ing stu­dent teach­ers.

What do you do in your spare time?

I play cricket for Mt Beauty United, and other than that it’s spend­ing time with my kids.

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