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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.