I started teaching at GV about 1 month ago. I moved to Australia 3 months ago with my husband. He is going to the University of the Sunshine Coast to obtain his Graduate Diploma in (Secondary) Education. We are both Canadian, but met while we were living in Seoul, South Korea. I started teaching ESL in South Korea in 2006. We moved to Taiwan in 2009 to teach ESL as well, before our time in Australia.
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
I can speak some French. I studied it in school for 6 years. Other than my limited French, I can also speak a little bit of Korean and a tiny bit of Chinese. I can read Korean which makes it a little easier to learn than Chinese. I don’t think I could ever learn to read Chinese! It is so complex!
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
I’m teaching Elementary right now. I’m really enjoying it. The students are great!
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
Oh, how can I pick one! Everyone has progressed and is doing fantastic!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at GV Maroochydore?
Definitely getting to know my students!
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
I’m a teacher! I learned that a long time ago! I couldn’t do anything else. But I hope to teach Kindergarten or Grade 1 for the long-term in the future. My Master’s degree is in Elementary Education.
What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?
There is tons to do! The beaches are amazing, but so is the hinterland! But, I can say, holding a koala at the Australia Zoo was a dream come true!
What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Maroochydore?
Probably the local Fitness Centre. Other than love being at home with my husband, I spend a lot of time taking yoga, pilates, tai chi, pump, and zumba classes.