What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy seeing the more reserved students move out of their comfort zones and surprise themselves in performance. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing students laughing and talking loudly about what they just achieved in Drama, when leaving class.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Getting in early and dealing with administration and emails. Making strong coffee and making sure all my classes are up to date on Google Classroom and class materials are ready to go. If any time, marking. Usually, I’m in the classroom most of the day. At lunchtime, I quickly look into dance rehearsals in Bunjil and hook them onto Vivi. Sometimes I catch-up with Daniel Borbely, my Drama colleague, to discuss any Drama related issues. Period 4 teaching happens and then onto either a staff or curriculum meeting or home to exercise, then relax!
Most rewarding aspect of working at Avila?
There is never two days that seem the same despite the timetable being replicated each cycle. This is the nature of working in such a “human” sector. Also, the staff are wonderfully supportive.
Why did you choose to work in Catholic education?
I was educated in Catholic Education and I really appreciate the social justice focus. I, too, was educated at an all-girls Catholic school and those women remain my best friends to this day. It’s wonderful to still be a part of that environment.
What makes Avila College a great learning community?
The staff are very dedicated to the success of the students at Avila. The students feel safe within the Avila learning community and it is a positive environment for success.