Teacher Profile | Stuart Woollett
Science and Geography teacher
“I think students’ capability to think scientifically, i.e. analytically and logically, is very important. Science can stir a child’s sense of wonder in all that surrounds us.”
Stuart commenced teaching at St Paul’s earlier this year. Having been a scientist for many years before taking up teaching, science is his passion.
Stuart has worked with the United Nations in countries such as Austria, Spain, South Korea, Japan and Thailand which has given him an appreciation of Geography – the relationships between people and place. “The study of Geography opens up new worlds and new ways of relating people with their environments.”
We asked Stuart a few questions about his teaching…
What do you like most about St Paul’s?
I like the St Paul’s community; the camaraderie in the staffroom, a sense of belonging in the classroom and acceptance in the wider Warragul community.
What do you think is different about St Paul’s to other schools?
St Paul’s has a focus on challenging students and indeed teachers. This focus comes with invaluable support. For those that accept the challenge this leads to the growth and development we aspire to achieve in education.
And finally, what do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I enjoy interactions with students, guiding them towards their best efforts and achievements. Observing the reactions of students when they realise their efforts have paid off is wonderful to see.
Outside of work Stuart loves spending time with his daughter. “I enjoy our interactions and I follow her interests closely.” Stuart is also an avid reader of books and enjoys photography and bushwalking. “I also like to travel and experience foreign languages but at the moment I’m more inclined to settle into our new life in Gippsland.”
At St Paul’s Stuart is also involved in coaching and managing athletics and football teams. “I really enjoy contributing in the sports I love and relating to students in a different environment outside of the classroom.”