This week, we asked Owen a few questions about his experience working as an English teacher in Lexis for the past two years. Thank you for your time, Owen!
- What is your role here in Lexis?
My role here is to teach the high schoolers. I do high school preparation, so getting the high schoolers ready to go into a school in the Sunshine Coast.
- When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
Well, I decided in about the year 2011. I finished University and I didn’t quite know what to do with my degree so I decided to go into teaching because I’ve always loved teaching. I decided to become a high school teacher and I went overseas to Japan for three years. I taught there and I loved it, I loved teaching English. So I came back here and I wanted to continue doing it and I found Lexis.
- What are the qualities of an excellent teacher?
Well, they have to be tall…. (laughing). Someone who understands their students, their needs and how they learn best. Someone who makes the classroom fun to learn in.
- What is the best part about teaching in Lexis?
I think getting to see the students afterwards. Especially for me, I see the high schoolers come back sometimes and you see where they’re at. You see the lower level students working hard and just to see how they’ve ended up is the best feeling.
- What could a visitor in your class expect to see?
Craziness! They could expect to see a little bit of craziness, humour in the class, but also hard workers. They work very hard. I’d like to say, something different to the average class.
- Tell us about life on the Sunshine Coast.
It’s good. The Sunshine Coast is really relaxed and there are plenty of things to do. There’s a great lifestyle and a lot of shopping. I love it here.