Teacher Profile | Justin Ballantyne
Junior School teacher and PLP (Professional Learning Program) Coach
“I love presenting students with fun, challenging and thought provoking activities. I also love our Circle Time sessions, where we work on building students’ emotional and social needs and help them become the best version of themselves they can be.”
Justin started working at St Paul’s in 2010 and his favourite subject is Maths. We asked Justin a few questions about his teaching…
What do you like about St Paul’s?
There are many things I love about St Paul’s, but I especially love the warm, friendly and supportive school community. In late 2013 and early 2014 my newly born son went through two bouts of open heart surgery. I have been amazed by the support I’ve received from staff (e.g. cooked meals, babysitting so my wife and I could get out for dinner, massage vouchers, art kits prepared by staff to keep my daughter entertained in the many weeks in hospital). Parents have also been incredibly supportive during this time (handmade quilts for our two children, restaurant vouchers and fundraising for the hospital which helped save our son’s life). At St Paul’s I love working alongside passionate staff who always strive to improve and that we work under a leadership team who get involved at ground level and support your ideas, initiatives and desire to improve. Another thing I love about St Paul’s is working with students who are dedicated, engaged and are so responsive to what is taught.
What do you think is different about St Paul’s to other schools?
St Paul’s places a high priority on encouraging students to engage with our broader community. The School is organised and places a heavy emphasis on communication. It is a safe place for kids to learn and feel valued. In 2010 I came back from a stint of living overseas in Europe. I had already spent several years teaching and was ready for a career change. I took on a temporary role at St Paul’s as an interim solution while deciding which path I would take in my career. In my short contract at St Paul’s, I was quickly convinced to remain in the business of teaching and that this was a school that I could thrive in. I was fortunate enough to receive a full time position. I continue to be grateful for the opportunities I have at a school which has resulted in my passion for teaching being re-discovered.
Outside of work, Justin likes to spend time with his wife and two children, plays guitar, tennis and hockey and enjoys water skiing, gardening, travel, good food, wine and coffee.
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I love helping children discover their gifts and abilities and seeing them reach their potential. It makes me happy to see them enjoy their learning and become passionate about life.