Teacher Profile | Kassie Olivier
Year 5 teacher at the Traralgon Junior School
“I love that every day is a new day and something different can happen – no two days are ever the same! I love working with children and helping
them reach their full potential as learners and people.”
Traralgon Junior School
Kassie started working at St Paul’s last year as a casual relief teacher and is now working full-time teaching Year 5 at the Traralgon Junior School. Before working at St Paul’s Kassie studied her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and completed her placements in Melbourne. After she graduated she worked at Stockdale Road Primary School in Traralgon for two years. Last year, she travelled for five months and worked as a casual relief teacher when she wasn’t travelling. This is Kassie’s fourth year of teaching.
We asked Kassie a few questions about her teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
“St Paul’s is such a pleasant place to work. I love the support you receive from staff and families, and the friendships you build as a result of being part of a great school community. Plus, the students are great!”
What do you think is different about St Paul’s from other schools?
“There are a lot of differences; the student and parent community, the range of co-curricular programs that are available and the emphasis on wellbeing (both student and staff) are the biggest differences I’ve noticed.”
What subjects are you most passionate about and why?
“At the moment (it changes a lot!) I’d say Writing and Reading. Writing is an underrated skill (particularly in our digital age!) but it is just as important as reading. I love the influence and impact reading can have and I love sharing that with my students. I’m really proud of the way my students have taken VCOP on board in their learning. Recently, they completed their first proper ‘Big Write’ and they were so happy with their achievements. It was fantastic to watch them and listen to them share their writing, provide feedback and eagerly await their next Writing session to complete and publish their ‘Big Writes’.”
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
“I love that every day is a new day and something different can happen – no two days are ever the same! I love working with children and helping them reach their full potential as learners and people.”
Kassie’s peers describe her as a teacher with a warm and caring approach to the students in her care and one who has a real passion for them ALL to succeed throughout the year. She walks to school every morning and according to her peers has a rather odd taste in smoothies, which involve coffee and banana mixed together and looks quite unappetising! Outside of work Kassie loves travelling, going to the beach, exercising and sport. She loves to read, cook and spend time with loved ones.