Anticipation!

In a couple weeks, I will start working at a new school, in a new role. I am really excited. This will be the fifth school that I’ve worked at and the second time I have moved to a new school and taken on a new role. When I went to Domremy, I had never been an English Coordinator. My new role is Curriculum Coordinator. It will also be the first time that I have been a permanent member of the College executive.
When starting a new school, there is always the period of time – a time of grace, where new teachers can be forgiven for not knowing certain things. I found that when you are in leadership, this time of grace doesn’t last as long. After all, people rely on you to guide and to lead. It can be like a baptism of fire.
I have to say that my experience at Domremy was wonderful. I was leader to a department of intelligent, articulate, creative and hard working teachers. It was the best possible beginning as a subject coordinator that I could have ever hoped for. We worked hard and achieved a lot! In the four years I was privileged to lead the department, we reinvented the assessment schedule and curriculum for 7-12. We trailed the National Curriculum (when it was a draft) as well as instilling a love of learning in our students. (well as many as we could)
I have always loved curriculum and the bigger picture. While I am very happy as an English teacher, I have always longed to look at the school from a more holistic perspective. I hope the new role will provide me with this opportunity. To be part of an executive that can lead change and foster growth will be wonderful. It is a great school that achieved outstanding HSC results and I look forward to being part of such a dedicated and hard working staff. Most of all, I love learning. I love teaching. I could never imagine doing anything other than working in education. It’s a great privilege to be able to educate young minds, something that I take very seriously. It is also a great privilege to work alongside colleagues who inspire a love of learning in their students and their peers.

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About acoure

English Coordinator and English teacher in Sydney. Believes in the power of education. Passionate about pedagogy, how students learn, curriculum design and learning spaces. I am keenly interested in finding out more about how teachers have adapted their pedagogy in a 1:1 environment. I am also eternally grateful for the inspirational educators I worked with in my formative years of teaching. They opened my eyes to the power of what a deep understanding of pedagogy can do to enhance the learning opportunities for students.
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