New teacher is a hit with the students
WHENwalking through the Whitsunday Christian College campus with Student Welfare Officer and teacher Thomas Dalton, he is constantly stopped for high-fives or to say hello, which makes it hard to imagine he ever considered a career as an engineer.
Mr Dalton has been teaching Year 6 and 9 as well as overseeing the student welfare at the college since July this year.
Now Whitsunday Christian College would like to officially announce his arrival to the rest of the community.
The college have described him as a “natural flourishing in his field”.
Mr Dalton said becoming a teacher was something he gradually decided on after being heavily influenced by the teachers at his own high school.
Having studied all science subjects throughout secondary school, Mr Dalton thought he wanted to be an engineer.
All it took was one week behind a desk in an engineering firm to change his mind.
“I knew there were other ways of feeling accomplished in a job that did not require sitting behind a desk for hours and hours on end. I was then naturally drawn to teaching,” Mr Dalton said.
He completed a Bachelor of Primary Education at Griffith University in 2013 and after a stint at Emmanuel College on the Gold Coast, he packed up his belongings to move to the Whitsundays.
His science background allows him to comfortably teach Year 9 science.
He also teaches social science, health and physical education, information and communication technology, spelling, speaking and listening to Year 6.
Mr Dalton firmly believes that God called him to the Whitsunday Christian College.
“It’s hard to say but I feel as if I have a place here,” he said.
He said after living on the Gold Coast for his whole life, he finds that people ‘genuinely care’ in the Whitsundays.
“In the college, everyone from the principal, to the admin staff, students and maintenance genuinely care and that is evident in the rest of the community,” he said.
His current plans are to further immerse himself in the school and the Whitsundays community.
SO FAR SO GOOD: Whitsunday Christian College Student Welfare Officer and teacher Thomas Dalton (front centre) said he is enjoying his career and life in the Whitsundays. Here he is pictured with students Jake Brooks, Brianna Ganter, Maddie Wilson, Brooke Evans, Angus Menzies, Connor Marshall, Tayla Stevenson, (front row) Emma Carr and Alex Thompson.