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West Moreton Anglican College

Helping students realise their potential to learn, engaging with like-minded education professionals and the daily joy that comes from learning something new are what West Moreton Anglican College’s two Lead Teachers love most about their jobs. 


Justine Bomm | Lead
Head of Learning Enrichment | 34 years teaching

"I love the thrill of being in the classroom."

What inspired you to become a teacher?

It wasn’t my initial plan as I wanted to be a lawyer, but I got accepted into university for teaching (secondary). I discovered once I got to university that I loved learning and lapped up everything they told me. Many of my teachers from my senior years of schooling inspired me to become the teacher I am today.

What do you love most about being a teacher?

The interaction with a variety of likeminded people every day and learning about new and interesting things. I make it my mission to make learning fun. I spend a lot of time looking for resources that will engage students, as well as ways of presenting in different modes, so that all learners are catered for. I love the thrill of being in the classroom.

What do you believe, from your own personal experience, has the greatest impact on student learning?

Relationships. I love it when you connect with a student and you see that they are willing to give you everything. The greatest learning outcomes are achieved in these cases.

What have you learned about yourself as a teacher by undertaking national certification?

My work is varied and challenging and it is difficult to achieve everything that is required in teaching. The certification process highlighted all of the different aspects that need to be addressed to ensure effective learning. I think sometimes in the busyness of teaching not everything is thought about or done.

 


Donna Googe | Lead
30 years teaching

"I most love helping others to realise their potential to learn and see them fulfil that potential."

What inspired you to become a teacher?

A love of learning and a desire to help others find their own love of learning through developing a sense of curiosity about the world and confidence in their ability to find their own answers.

What do you love most about being a teacher?

I most love helping others to realise their potential to learn and see them fulfil that potential. Seeing people realise that, yes, they can actually do that or understand this, is immensely rewarding.

What do you believe, from your own personal experience, has the greatest impact on student learning?

The creation of an environment where students can feel a genuine sense of belonging, receive support to challenge themselves as learners and feedback to provide support for their progress has enormous impact on student learning. Recognising and accepting each child’s strengths, then providing a caring and safe place for them to step outside their intellectual comfort zones, is the foundation for all learning.

What have you learned about yourself as a teacher by undertaking national certification?

I have learned not to underestimate the impact and influence that I have as a teacher and to have faith in my abilities.

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