PRINCIPAL JUNIOR SCHOOL
Kim Sibley initially went into teaching to share her love of learning and science. “As I grew as an educator, I focused more and more on the interactions with students and teaching beyond academic curriculum,” she says. She became more interested in social and emotional development, faith formation and ways for students to develop communication and leadership skills to assist in a student’s success. Now as the Principal of the Junior School at De La Salle ‘Oaklands’ College, Sibley has learned that every day is different. She can be returning parents’ phone calls, working with teachers on upcoming projects, or dropping in to see a class – but every day there is an emphasis on structure, routine, and discipline. “My individual philosophy is about balance and growing in all aspects in one’s life – academic, faith, service, arts (music, visual + performing arts) and athletics." One of her best memories as an educator was when she took a group of students on a trip to Guatemala to work with the local community to build the basketball court for an elementary school. “The project required working together despite cultural differences. It was a humbling experience and I learned as much or more than the students,” she says.