For Port’s newbies the fun starts now
FIRST day on a new job can be nerve-racking and meeting your new work colleagues can be particularly daunting.
But what if your work colleagues were tiny little creatures with wide eyes, curious minds and a penchant for mischief?
For the four new teachers at Port Douglas State School this is a reality.
For Amber Hodkinson, who’s teaching the Grade One students, this is her first teaching job after moving up from Brisbane with her family.
She said teaching for her has always been about leaving a positive impact on the lives of her students. “The teachers that I had as a kid when I was in primary school really left an impact on me,” she said. “I want to be memorable on someone else’s life.”
Ms Hodkinson said she loves teaching Mathematics ... so lookout.
Emma Whitburn has moved to Port Douglas from Moololaba and comes from a sport and outdoor recreation background. She said would love to get her Grade Three and Four students excited about different stories and different genres of books.
Her background in outdoor education has taught her a healthy balance between fun and learning.
The other Grade Three and Four teacher, Lauren Arnold has been teaching for four years, including a stint in the UK before moving back to her hometown of Brisbane.
She has also already taught at PDSS under a six week contract. Ms Arnold said she’s excited to teach the Grade Three and Four’s because of their mischievous sides.
“They start to come out of their shell and into their own and I love that,” she said.
Hannah Hobbs said she thinks it’s important to relate to her students and understand their needs. Ms Hobbs will be teaching the oldest grades of Five and Six before they cross over into High School. For the students, Ms Hobbs believes this is a crucial time.
Ms Amber Hodkinson, Ms Emma Whitburn, Ms Lauren Arnold and Ms Hannah Hobbs