For Port’s new­bies the fun starts now

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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

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