Shaping young minds

February 28, 2018

Ready to make their mark: from left, Michelle Anderson, Amy Brain, Lauren Parker and Georgia Brown.

The nature of teaching can be like a revolving door as teachers retire or seek other opportunities.

With their departure, a door swings opens for a batch of new teachers to imprint their knowledge on their students as they make the vital transition from youth to adulthood.

Here are the latest recruits to Cobram Secondary College:

Michelle Anderson

Mrs Anderson teaches maths from Year 7 to VCE. She has been teaching for more than 20 years across the eastern states, spending time in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

While Cobram is a change of scenery, she has a great feel for the region, having previously taught at Goulburn Valley Grammar, Notre Dame and most recently spent four years at Numurkah Secondary College.

On a personal note, Mrs Anderson’s family is heavily involved in the dairy industry. She and husband Greg have two daughters who show dairy cattle around Australia. Being her girls’ biggest fan takes up the majority of her spare time.

Her first impressions of Cobram Secondary College are that the VCE students are incredibly focused and know exactly what is expected of them.

Mrs Anderson is hoping the students’ appetite for hard work will translate into some fantastic grades.

Amy Brain

Mrs Brain arrives at Cobram Secondary College from Finley High School and is teaching years 7, 8 and 9 science as well as Year 10 introduction to biology.

She is passionate about science, specifically science to do with the Earth and its systems, and agriculture. Outside of the classroom she is an avid water-skier and cherishes spending time with her fiancé and two kids.

Mrs Brain is excited to share her passion for science with her students and views the art of teaching as a two-way street in which she can learn from the students as well as educating them.

Lauren Parker

As a recent graduate from Deakin University, Ms Parker comes to Cobram Secondary College with fresh ideas and unbridled enthusiasm, eager to make a difference to the lives of her new students.

Ms Parker grew up nearby in Wangaratta and the move to Cobram has felt like something of a homecoming for the newest member of the school’s English team.

She is thrilled to be able to start her teaching career at Cobram Secondary College and is thoroughly enjoying the experience so far.

Her initial impression of the school was one of a welcoming and caring community, a sentiment validated by the efforts of staff, students and the school community in making her feel a part of the team.

Georgia Brown

Ms Brown has swapped the warm beaches of Wollongong, NSW, for the mystic charm of the Murray River.

She is the school’s new Japanese teacher, taking over from Mr McManus. She is certainly well versed in the language, having lived in Kobe and Tokyo in Japan.

Ms Brown said she was looking forward to teaching Japanese history and culture in her classes this year.

Outside work, her interests include listening to podcasts and watching and playing soccer. She has been training hard at Cobram Roar, but the women’s side still needs more players to field a team for the upcoming season.

She has found Cobram Secondary College’s staff and students warm and welcoming and said the school had a strong sense of community.

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