“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Anne’s grandfather always told her that “just like a tree is set in its roots, people are set in the ways of their youth.” Anne holds a firm belief that the way in which we conduct ourselves as teachers and impart knowledge, will invariably have an effect on the students within our duty of care.
Though content is important, Anne believes that the way in which it is delivered can make a world of difference. It is for this reason that she takes a self-reflective approach to her practice. C.S. Lewis postulates that “the task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” For Anne, this highlights the importance of a spiritual grounding in education.
Rather than just teaching students to fit within societal norms and expectations, Anne strives to challenge herself in order to bring an array of imagination and colour to the curriculum; whilst still equipping students with the life skills necessary to guide their futures in an ever-changing world. Anne believe that the BPL framework which guides the College, is an effective means of achieving this. “By simply grounding our practice in Faith, we ensure that the students in our College stand out”.
Anne-Marie studied a Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities & Social Sciences)/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, graduating with three teaching areas. English, Modern History and TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language). She also has a musical background, currently completing the eighth grade of piano with the AMEB and the Australian Guild of Music Education.
Anne-Marie completed her final internship at NWCC, where she immersed herself fully in the life of the College. She prepared herself conscientiously for her classes and participated enthusiastically in extra-curricular activities.
Her work garnered positive attention from the College Executive and, consequently, she was offered a position at the College for 2019.