team_featured_reubenNew Temporary Seahorses Teacher

What is your background?

I am from a small town on the South Coast of NSW which is where my Mum and Sister still live. I lived in Canberra for my high school years. After high school I went to University in Lismore and lived in Byron Bay just around the corner from BCPS.

What do you remember best about primary school?

I remember having some great teachers during primary school, ones that taught their classes using fun games, humour, and even magic tricks. I also remember when I was in Year 6 playing softball and basketball against my teachers in an end of year competition. I went to a big school but it had a real sense of community.

What teaching qualifications do you have?

I have a Bachelor of Education and a NSW Proficient Teacher Certificate

Where else have you worked and how has it shaped your general outlook and your approach to teaching children today?

I have had many jobs so far in my life from working in a record store, as a waiter at one of Rick Stein’s restaurants to being a driver and cook in a French ski resort. I enjoy meeting and talking to different people from all walks of life. Throughout my teaching career I have taught in primary schools in London and Brighton in the UK. In Australia I have taught in Melbourne, Sydney, Lismore and Alstonville just to name a few. In all the industries and jobs that I have worked in, I have seen that good communication and a positive attitude can go a long way. I hope my practices in the school setting and the skills, knowledge and understanding I help my students achieve reflect this mentality.

What are your main teaching and classroom philosophies?

It is important to enjoy what you do even if what you are doing may not be your favourite thing. I try to make my classroom a fun, safe, happy and vibrant environment where my students can express themselves and gain knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways. I think that if students feel a sense of ownership, belonging, inspiration and pride in their learning environment then individual success will be easier to achieve. I also find value in the saying “It is nice to be important, but important to be nice”

Why do you enjoy teaching at BCPS?

The feel and setting of BPCS is just lovely. The way the children, parents and staff communicate and interact with each other make it enjoyable to come to work each day.

What do you enjoy teaching the most?

I enjoy teaching Art, Science and Sport but also find it enjoyable discovering and creating games and activities to help my students learn and develop their skills in Mathematics.

What is your greatest achievement?

This is a tricky question. I have achievements that I value from different stages of my life. A few of them are; winning MVP in Basketball 2 years in a row, my first hang ten on a longboard, completing my degree and getting my job at BCPS.

What aspirations still lie ahead of you?

I would very much like to refine my teaching practices to help myself gain a permanent teaching position in the future. Owning my own home one day is also high on the list. I would also like to shape my own surfboard one day and surf it on a trip throughout Indonesia.

What occupies your time outside school hours?
Walking my dogs, surfing, gardening, watching AFL, playing guitar and listening to music.

If you weren’t a primary teacher, how do you think you’d be spending your days?

I enjoy being outdoors and in nature so perhaps a National Parks Ranger or some type of conservationist. I have always been curious about what it takes to run a café or food truck so maybe I’d try that too.