Teacher Career Seminars: In Retrospect
Designed to give insight into teaching as a vocation as well as a career, the seminars were a chance for those interested in a change of career to ask questions, meet principals of schools and staff, and investigate what ‘teaching Christianly’ is all about.
For those who missed out, here are some of the highlights of the seminars!
- Dr. Bryan Cowling, Director of the Anglican Education Commission, spoke on the growing education retirement bubble and the need for passionate Christian teachers in schools.
- Ian Wing, principal of Wyndham Senior College, reflected on his 30 year career in the state education system and how Christians can impact state schools.
- Julie Mathews, Head of the School of Education, and Marion Poynton, Teacher Education Manager, provided step-by-step overviews of Wesley Institute's Education qualifications, including the experience of studying online, required qualifications for eligibility to apply, and Professional Experience.
- The convenience of the online learning system is a highlight for current student Asher Graeig, who balances work, gigging and composing with his study.
- Studying Education at Wesley Institute allowed recent graduate Ryan Desauliner to study extra Drama subjects concurrently to obtain a second teaching method, and his Professional Experience at Northern Beaches Christian School led to a fulltime job teaching Drama and English!
- Graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Jason Mok, now teaching at Trinity Grammar, spoke on the transition from study to work and how studying the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) informed and developed his teaching methods.
- This year’s graduate Magda Bassilious found her ministry calling in the local public school - Hurstville Boys High School, where Teaching Christianly looks dramatically different.
- A teacher from each host school also spoke about his/her own journey into teaching. One highlight was the former engineer who went from designing buildings like Dubai’s ‘iPad’ because he saw the opportunity to impact lives.
Thank you to William Clarke Christian School, Trinity Grammar School and Thomas Hassall Anglican College for their support of Wesley Institute’s teaching qualifications and our Teacher Career Seminars. We also wish to thank our students, graduates and supporters for giving up their valuable time to contribute to the future of education in Australia.