Teacher Profile | Kim Steendam
Prep Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator
Warragul Junior School
Kim’s favourite subject is Literacy. “It’s a personal love of mine but also because if you teach a child to read and write you empower them to do anything! As Dr Seuss so eloquently said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss.”
Kim started teaching at St Paul’s Traralgon in 2010 and prior to that was a foundation Junior School teacher at St Paul’s Warragul Campus from 1997- 2001 teaching Prep, Year 5 and Year 7. In 2019 she returned to teach at the Warragul Junior School. We asked Kim a few questions about her teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
I love the balance we have between pastoral care and academic rigour. We have a unique community here at St Paul’s where students are valued and cared for in true small country town style along with a commitment to educational excellence usually attributed to big expensive city schools. My children attend St Paul’s and I often refer to it as one of the best decisions my husband and I have made. Richard Prideaux referred to it as “Champagne education at beer prices!”
What do you think is different about St Paul’s to other schools?
Our culture, it truly is a nurturing and supportive environment to learn in. The teachers and students all know each other which naturally provides a greater sense of belonging and accountability.
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
Wow where to begin, I think teaching is the best job in the world. Every day is new and as a teacher I am a constant student. I am passionate about implementing rich and engaging curriculum. Being a part of the learning journey of children is such a privilege. That moment when one of the little six year olds I teach makes the connections and reads a book they didn’t think they could is absolutely priceless. That never gets old!
Outside of work Kim has two daughters who keep her very busy. She is a keen gardener and has her nose in a book almost every chance she can get.