I have always had a passion for learning and always wanted to be a teacher but earlier in life I didn’t have the opportunities and thought it was beyond me. Through life experiences and retraining at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) I have finally reached my goal.  

Juggling university, a spinal injury and a family was definitely a challenge but I am lucky enough to have had great support from my wife Sally and the Education faculty at USC. 

I was nervous before beginning my first day as a classroom teacher. However, after walking in the door and meeting my wonderful class I felt extremely comfortable.

The paper work and admin side of teaching would have to be my most challenging thing this year. The extra hours required for this is phenomenal. My time management skills are getting a workout.   

I have been so privileged to start my career at St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee. My principal, Graeme Hincksman, has given me the support needed for a first year teacher. He has also provided me with the autonomy to take my class and their learning in new and innovative directions.

The Head of Junior School, Paula Wicks, has been an absolute lifesaver and her belief in me and her support has been inspirational and exceptional. The collaborative approach that all staff have towards each other and their passion for the students and learning of the future has been a real positive influence. I don’t know if I would have had such a successful first year if it wasn’t for the collaborative and supportive school environment.     

What I’m most enjoying about this year are the students, the rich teaching time and the challenges of engaging everyone in my class. Differentiated learning that needs to take place can at times been challenging. The extra work involved with catering for a range of diverse needs surprised me. The amount of time it takes to make some of these adjustments over a range of curriculum areas can be demanding.