Teacher of Humanities to Years 7, 9 and 10 and Commerce/Business Management to Year 10 students
Everyone can experience success and it is ‘cool’ to work hard and succeed.
Kirsten has been a teacher at St Paul’s for almost six years and before that she was a lawyer for ten years in private practice, Legal Aid and on the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow) Inquiry in London. She has also worked part-time with Monash University teaching Nurses, Doctors and Paramedics about Medical Law and enjoyed teaching so decided to complete a Diploma of Education. As part of Kirsten’s rounds she was a student teacher at St Paul’s Traralgon Campus and successfully applied for a position after completing her course.
We asked Kirsten a few questions about her teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
I love the community that is St Paul’s. Students, staff and parents are welcoming, friendly and supportive, there is always a positive vibe in the air! My colleagues are friends whom I admire and respect and I enjoy the company of all the students I teach and interact with.
What subjects are you most passionate about and why?
I love teaching History as students learn to become critical thinkers – they need to argue, challenge theories and ideas, use evidence, examine multiple perspectives and become investigators. History is never boring, it is a fast paced action thriller of human challenge, mysteries, diverse personalities, tragedies, romance and world changing events.
What do you think is different about St Paul’s to other schools?
Students and staff are very supportive of each other, welcoming of differences, accepting of different abilities and skills and generally love learning. Everyone can experience success and it is ‘cool’ to work hard and succeed – there is not a ‘tall poppy syndrome.’
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I most enjoy and feel privileged to be a part of both the learning and social journey of the students here. You can teach them and get to know them at the beginning of Year 7, share the fulfilment and satisfaction as they master skills in Year 10 and cheer them at Valedictory dinners as sensational, competent, interesting and funny adults. I can learn as much from them as I hope they do from me.
With four daughters aged 9 – 15 years, Kirsten spends a lot of her time outside of work running to gymnastics, netball, basketball, football, music lessons and social events. In quieter times she loves to read and loves the outdoors but her big passion is travel. Kirsten accompanied a group of St Paul’s students to East Timor earlier this year and absolutely loved every minute of it.