No regrets for Mrs Anderson
IF THERE is anything Donna Anderson misses about teaching, it is the daily interaction with teachers and her students.
It is pretty clear to see Mrs Anderson is a passionate educator who misses her role, but stories about her time teaching suggest Childers State School – and its students – miss her more.
Stories like the boy in Year 6 who was struggling to read – and turned that restriction into an opportunity.
While Mrs Anderson identified immediately he was nowhere near sixth grade standard, she instead told him how much he had improved.
“He came along in leaps and bounds and by the end of the year he was school captain,” Mrs Anderson said. There are a huge number of likewise positive stories from her time at the school, and each one shows how much Mrs Anderson cared about education.
She taught mostly in a team-teaching environment, where she was paired with and would share responsibilities with another teacher.
Mrs Anderson said it was a method she preferred, as it allowed educators to teach to their strengths.
“My strength was maths so I would lead those classes, but the other teacher might’ve been better with English, so they would take over,” Mrs Anderson said.
“It shared the planning, and I taught with a lot of first-year teachers who were always full of new and interesting ideas.”
Like many others, Mrs Anderson fondly recalled the camping and outdoor activities, but there was one project that leapt into mind. In 1995, Mrs Anderson had the idea to plant 215 trees at the school in conjunction with Angry Anderson’s mission for one million trees to be planted across the country.
“The school used to do musicals while David Horner was there,” Mrs Anderson said.
“We’ve had 600 people at the Cultural Centre for different performances. We were always very strong with instrumental music and sports were always very popular as well.”