New teachers ready to go for 2016 school year

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350 new teachers started the 2016 school year this week in Canberra’s 87 public schools. The teachers and school staff will fill a number of teaching, support and administrative roles across the city. Our Canberra spoke to some of the new teachers as they calmed their nerves at a welcome gathering last week.

Elliot Davis, Lake Tuggeranong College

Elliot Davis, Lake Tuggeranong College

What are you most looking forward to about teaching in Canberra?

Meeting the kids I think is my biggest excitement, being able to interact with them, learn about them, to be able to teach to them and not just teach in general. I’ve learned a lot of theoretical information about how to teach and now I want to see how it is implemented in the classroom. I’m also looking forward to seeing how each student learns independently.

What’s your favourite thing about teaching?

One thing about the teaching profession is the constant learning and development of the teachers themselves. I like the idea of teaching a subject, but being taught by the students in return.

What do you like most about Lake Tuggeranong College?

It’s got a family atmosphere. All the teachers joke with each other and include each other and I expect that to flow onto the students as well. The principal is very considerate and develops proper relationships with her teachers and she’s really passionate about the students. It seems like a very inclusive atmosphere and I look forward to being able to contribute to that.

Farleigh Jay-Daniel, Harrison School

Farleigh Jay-Daniel, Harrison School

What are you most looking forward to about teaching in Canberra?

I’m really looking forward to developing my skills as a teacher and engaging with my EALD new learners in the country. I’m teaching 54 students from years one and two and I’ll be teaching language literacy, reading and writing skills. I’m really looking forward to expanding my knowledge.

What’s your favourite thing about teaching?

I really enjoy the fact that there are not enough hours in the day. In this job there’s just so much that I’d love to be able to do and help the students and really connect with the curriculum.

What’s your favourite thing about Harrison School?

I love the community. The teaching staff are wonderful. I work with some really exceptional teachers that are more than willing to share what they know and I’m like a sponge.

Sinead Szabo, Canberra College

Sinead Szabo, Canberra College

What are you most looking forward to about teaching in Canberra?

Canberra is entirely different to where I went to school in Melbourne. I’m finally going to be teaching what I love.

What’s your favourite thing about teaching?

I love the reaction on student’s faces when they learn something and they understand. I’m going to be teaching English.

What do you like most about Canberra College

Staff are friendly and inclusive and the school is all about diversity and excellence.

Look out for more new teachers in your region the March print edition of Our Canberra