What year did you graduate VHS?
Where are you working now and in what role?
I am a PDHPE Teacher at Vincentia High School and the current Year 12 Advisor, I have loved the role of mentoring these students. I Left Vincentia High School in 2005 and moved to Sydney straight away to university to study for a Bachelor of Education (PDHPE). I have been teaching for 10 years now and absolutely love it.
What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to teach about health and education and being able to guide kids to make positive choices about their health. As well as having the opportunity to play sport and teach students that while they may not be the best athlete, they can still appreciate and enjoy physical activity. My goal is to ensure students stay active and become lifelong participants in physical activity. I love that fact that I get to build and form relationships, the goal of building these relationships is to inspire students to value their health, value physical activity and live the best life they possibly can.
Did anyone at VHS inspire you to follow your chosen career path?
I did have a Teacher who helped me with my career path. I had Miss Toni Smith as a teacher, she was energetic, fun, enthusiastic and I immediately knew that after watching her share her passion for learning and sport, that I wanted to be that person. So here I am 10 years later loving my job everyday.
Did you have many challenges to get to where you are now?
I am fortunate enough to not have had many challenges, although I did not like living in Sydney. The 4 years working part-time and finishing a degree were sometimes challenging, but I knew the end goal and what I wanted to do, so I never lost focus on the task at hand. I used to work late at night as a bartender in Auburn, come home late, study and complete exams.
Do you have any advice for our current students?
Faith will get you to a point. Luck will get you to a point. But to achieve the kind of success you dream about, you need to WORK. There are no shortcuts, you can’t cheat life, just get to work and don’t stop until you reach your highest potential.