As our kids headed back to school this morning and our preppies started for the first time, there was another bunch of new faces taking their first step into the classroom and they weren’t kids!
They are of course the new staff members joining our schools for the first time in 2016 and they’re all very excited to be here.
“From what I’ve seen so far I’m excited, I like the area, I like the small town. I like going down town and speaking to people and they’re always willing to speak to me. I’ve found everything I’ve needed here in town. I think I’ve settled in very well,” – Nancy McKinnon, Year 8 English and Humanities teacher, CSHS
“Really friendly town, super friendly. It’s hot but it’s good because the heat is dry. But I can’t fault the people, the friendliness is just really nice. From going to the supermarket to coming to school to wherever I bump into – people are just really friendly,” – Debra McCarthy, Year 2 teacher, CSDE
There are eleven new teaching staff at the Charleville State School, five for the School of Distance Ed, just one brand new teacher for St Mary’s and ten for Charleville High School – that’s a lot of new faces making their way around town.
Moving out west can be daunting for some, but for these 27 teachers it was the obvious choice.
“I met Pete Cuskelly (Principal) in Toowoomba and he made me aware of the position, so I moved out here basically because of that meeting,” Daniel Ashton, 3/4 teacher, CSS
“I was on prac and internship here last year, and I then got put on a permission to teach where you get permission to teach before you graduate. I really liked it out here last year, so Marcus came to me with the job and I accepted it,” Sarah O’Brien, 9/10 Science teacher, CSHS
“I came to St Mary’s for the one year because it was an opportunity for quality. The opportunity to have a year two class is a very good learning opportunity. Year two is a very important year in their development, not that the others aren’t! But year two is a very advantageous year,” Therese Lecompte, Year 2 teacher, St Mary’s
And our kids are in for a big year of learning, with all of the staff dedicated to giving them all the best opportunities, no matter what age group.
“2016 for me is all about getting to know my students, because in my position, they all have very diverse needs so it’s all about getting to know my students. And making sure they have fun at school and engage in their learning,” Georgia-lee Coldwell, Students with Disability teacher, CSDE
“I want to increase their self confidence and their self esteem, that’s my number 1 priority. Kids at this age really need that boost and if they don’t build those foundations at this age they could run into problems later on in life,” Karen Scheerer, 4/5 teacher, CSS
So good luck to everyone today – both kids and adults – 2016 is going to be a great year for our towns and we look forward to seeing what our kids achieve.
To hear from some of the teachers themselves, keep an eye out for our Regional Report up this afternoon.