Educators are the amongst the most important adults that young people will learn from in their formative years.
World Teachers’ Day 2022 will be celebrated across Australia on October 28. It is an opportunity to recognise and thank the educators who play a vital role in developing young people and helping them to evolve into important contributors to our communities.
After being inspired to “make a difference in children’s lives”, Nichola Smith completed a teacher degree at university as a mature age student. She has been a teacher at Carinity Education Glendyne for seven years.
“Working at Glendyne is challenging, entertaining and rewarding. I find so much purpose working at Glendyne. I really cherish the relationships I have formed with both students and staff – past and present,” Nichola said.
“It is a privilege to be able to make a difference in someone’s world and I often reflect on all the memories I have made while working at Glendyne. Seeing students grow holistically over the years they are at Glendyne is so rewarding.”
“My personal philosophy is believing that each child is an individual and as an educator, I value and develop each student’s strengths, interests, skills, abilities and knowledge to extend their learning. My aim is to develop a well-managed learning community that is respectful, safe, welcoming and, most of all, fun.”
Andrew Chapman is driven to help young people attending Carinity Education Glendyne “develop, grow, and find success”.
“Working with the variety of students at Glendyne brings many challenges and opportunities for success and growth for the students and for me too,” Andrew said.
“Not only do we get looked at as teachers but also mentors and someone the students feel safe and supported by. Seeing the students grow as students and members of the community is always rewarding.”
Acting Carinity CEO, David Angell, paid tribute to more than 170 teachers and support staff – including chaplains, youth workers, grounds and administration staff – who support around 600 students at Carinity Education schools.
“Every day, dedicated teachers at Carinity’s five schools across Queensland make a significant difference in the lives of young people by being a positive influence – and positive role models,” David said.
“Our teachers are also inspired by the young people they support and educate, learning about resilience and perseverance from students who have faced obstacles on their education journey.”