Teacher Profile | Joanna Colavecchio
Year 4 teacher
“Numeracy is such a broad subject – I enjoy the opportunity to construct different and hands on learning experiences to cater for the needs of each student. I especially like watching a student realise they have understood a challenging mathematical concept and their enthusiasm to share their learning with confidence to the class.”
Joanna started teaching at St Paul’s Traralgon in 2006 and has spent four of those years teaching Prep and the remaining four teaching Year 4 students. Joanna’s favourite subject is Numeracy. We asked Joanna a few questions about her teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
There are many things I love about the St Paul’s learning environment especially the students, staff and facilities.
Students - The student’s behaviour is definitely a favourite aspect of working at St Paul’s as the students constantly show respect towards their peers and members of staff. It is also pleasing to see their enthusiasm and dedication towards their own learning.
Staff - The way in which staff set standards for students to achieve as well as encourage them to reach their goals in life. It also makes it very easy to come to work each day with such friendly staff and a great boss!
Updated technological facilities - The facilities St Paul’s offers to both students and staff make it enjoyable to teach. Examples include new classrooms, iPads, laptops and interactive whiteboards which all help to develop and prepare students for the future.
What do you think is different about St Paul’s to other schools?
There are positive things about many schools but St Paul’s always puts students first and gives them the opportunities to learn and develop throughout co-curricular activities and positive experiences. There is a wonderful level of respect from students towards teachers which makes it a pleasure to teach each day.
Outside of work Joanna can often be seen running and is often participating in competitive runs from 5km to half marathons.
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I enjoy that every day is a new and exciting routine where I get to challenge my students’ thinking. It’s exciting to reflect at the end of each day what my students have achieved and accomplished. I particularly like forming connections with different personalities within my class and being part of each student’s personal learning experience.