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Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

Toorak College
Oct 25, 2019, 4:14:17 PM

 

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On Friday 25 October, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. We all have role models who inspire us, and more often than not, it is a teacher we have had who made a big impact on our lives. Today is about reflecting on the role of a teacher and the difference they have made on the community. 

Here are a few Toorak College teachers who have kindly shared their personal journey into teaching.

Head of Music, Ms Amy Wert

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How has your experience been teaching at Toorak?

I am continually inspired by the students at Toorak College who work so hard in class, in rehearsals and at home to improve their musical skills. I love to see students experience the "lightbulb" moments or have a positive breakthrough in their group/solo performances and theory lessons.  

What made you want to become an educator? What inspires you to teach? 

I was inspired to become a Music teacher by the fabulous Music teacher who I had in High School. She was such a passionate musician and wonderful teacher that I wanted to be just like her!

What does being a teacher mean to you? Why is it the best job? 

I love teaching and I have never stopped learning. I love this quote, "The day you plant the seed is not the day you’ll eat the fruit. Be patient. Be humble. Keep moving forward and know that all this hard work you're putting in, day in and day out, will produce the results you've been looking for. Your time is coming. Do not give up."

Year 5 Teacher, Miss Shauna Wilson 

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What made you want to become an educator? What inspires you to teach?

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a teacher. I was fortunate enough to have some incredible teachers during my primary and secondary schooling, and one of them turned out to also be one of my lecturers when I was at university. They always inspired me as a learner and I was in awe of their knowledge and patience. I'm still in contact with some of them all these years later and they continue to inspire me now I'm a teacher myself. My students have always inspired me, and Toorak girls are no exception. When children have question after question, you can almost see their brains ticking and turning with new knowledge and with enthusiasm and commitment to developing themselves, their world views and learning. 

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What does being a teacher mean to you? Why is it the best job? 

Put simply, to me, being a teacher means joy and inspiration is delivered into my life every day. I don't have to go looking for it because the moment the doors open at 8:30am, happiness, laughter and joy walk their way into 5W in the form of 17 gorgeous learners. And even more simply, teaching is the best job because of our students! I am excited every day when I leave my house to come to school because I get to spend 6+ hours a day with young women who are full of personality, full of questions and curiosity, who genuinely care about one another and who are open-minded in their approach to every day and to the learning we present one another with day in, day out.

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Senior English Teacher, Ms Aloma Davis

What made you want to become an educator? What inspires you to teach?

I chose to be an English teacher so that I could empower young people to enhance their voices, written and spoken, to make their mark on the world.

What does being a teacher mean to you? Why is it the best job?

Teaching is all about guiding young people to the point where they don't need me anymore.  I love the moments when they leap into a challenge without looking back, because they've developed the skills and confidence to face it.  The George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward song Summertime sums it up best:

'One of these mornings
You're gonna rise up singing.
Yes, you'll spread your wings,
And you'll take to the skies.
But 'til that morning
There ain't nothing can harm you,
With daddy and mommy [and your teachers!] standing by.'

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Senior Humanities Teacher, Miss Gabrielle Wilson

What made you want to become an educator? What inspires you to teach?

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. My dad and aunt are both former teachers, so it must run through my blood! I have always wanted to work in a field where I can help people and work in a team. Teaching allows me to help my students everyday and build relationships with students and staff. I am inspired by my previous teachers who ignited passions in me. My students inspire me with their enthusiasm and spirit here at Toorak College. Seeing how hard my colleagues work also inspires me as I know we are all here to make a difference in our students’ lives.

What does being a teacher mean to you? Why is it the best job?

Being a teacher is the best job because we get to work everyday with students who are going to go on and make a difference in our world. Seeing them grow into bright young people who are confident and determined is the most rewarding part for me.

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Senior Mathematics Teacher, Mr Daniel Budzisz

What made you want to become an educator? What inspires you to teach?

The best thing about teaching Mathematics, which is my subject, is seeing that little spark in their eyes that tells you if and when a particular student in your class got a concept that was being taught. Sometimes after many attempts. 

What does being a teacher mean to you? Why is it the best job?

Our students are very appreciative of the school and what we're trying to do for them. They are keen to learn and to try their best. When you add our spectacular location along the coastline of Mornington Peninsula, you have the best place to teach in the world.

Discover what makes Toorak College unique by attending our small group tours and prospective parent information evenings. Enrolments now open!

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