MEN HAVE PART TO PLAY IN CLASS

The Weekend Post - - Careers -

BE­ING out­num­bered by women never both­ered St Agnes Pri­mary School act­ing as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Liam Beatty.

Dur­ing his un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, he no­ticed the high per­cent­age of women but was not put off as he had set his sights on a teach­ing ca­reer since he was at school.

“I had a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with all my school­ing, par­tic­u­larly the re­la­tion­ships I built with a lot of my teachers,” he says. “When I was in high school I was also in­volved in vol­un­tary coach­ing with some of the younger stu­dents in bas­ket­ball and cricket.”

Beatty says male teachers are pos­i­tive role mod­els for all stu­dents – both boys and girls. “It’s about pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive male role model in their lives. Some are for­tu­nate enough to have that but not ev­ery­one,” he says. “The thing I en­joy most is build­ing re­ally pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents and fam­i­lies and other staff.” Beatty says a large por­tion of males in pri­mary teach­ing go on to lead­er­ship roles.

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