Teacher of Year 5 and Science Coordinator for the Warragul Junior School
“I thoroughly enjoy those moments when students make connections with you and understand what you have been trying to teach them.”
Jodie has been a teacher for the past 20 years and has taught at St Paul’s for the past two years. Attending both Primary and Secondary school in Warragul, Jodie then went to Monash University to study primary school teaching. We asked Jodie a few questions about her teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
I love the fact that it is not a huge primary school. The students here are so keen to learn and the staff are terrific to work with! It’s a great place to work. There is such a great variety of activities for the Junior School students to participate in and so many opportunities with the curriculum offered.
What subjects are you most passionate about and why?
I love teaching Maths and Science. Setting up the Science Room at the Junior School has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in teaching, especially when I see other teachers taking their classes to the room and getting their children immersed in the Science program. I think Science Week this year was an amazingly fulfilling week. The students all experienced a hands on activity with me and then we ran an open night after school which was enjoyed by parents and students! It was terrific fun!
What do you think is different about St Paul’s from other schools?
The leadership opportunities for the Year 6 children is like nothing I have seen before at any other school. It is a wonderfully positive place.”
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I thoroughly enjoy those moments when students make connections with you and understand what you have been trying to teach them. It is so rewarding to see children grow and develop in their learning and get the confidence to have a go at new things.”
With four busy teenagers Jodie has a busy life out of school, particularly watching all of their sports. She loves spending time with her partner Rob and also loves playing sport, going to the gym, cooking, gardening and doing craft activities. Jodie is recognised by her peers for being incredibly loyal, dedicated and a lot of fun to be around. As one colleague mentioned “she is a teacher who really knows her work and is highly organised and loved by the students.”