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​It is a time of mixed emotions as I approach the end of my teaching career of some thirty-four years. Although I trained as a primary teacher, my first teaching position was at Toolooa State High in Gladstone and I then opted to stay in the secondary sector.
I have been at Albany Creek State High since 1991 and have seen the school grow and change greatly over the years. The current student population is roughly twice what it was in my first year. I organised and was Tour Leader of the student Japan trips from 1992 until 2010.
Although Japanese became my main teaching area, I have equally enjoyed and valued my teaching experiences in Junior School English and SOSE and Year 12 English Communication.
My teaching philosophy has always been that given the opportunity and positive encouragement, students will readily put in the hard work needed to realise their potential. I congratulate and thank the thousands of students who shared their journey with me. My role was to enable your learning but I am well aware of how every cohort enhanced my personal learning and knowledge.
I value the personal and professional relationships I have enjoyed throughout my teaching career. Some have left stronger impressions than others - and Vince Traverso would head that “honours” list. His energy, tireless service and cheeky outlook compensated somewhat for his often mistimed and usually provocative pranks. Nonetheless, thanks for all of the support I have received over the years – much of it very quietly given and warmly received.
I wish the school and community all the best as I wave you goodbye. I depart in the certain knowledge that teaching was my true destiny.