No re­grets for Mrs An­der­son

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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