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Meet our grade three-four classroom and French teacher

Sonia Cook

In 2019 I will be teaching a shared three/four class with Ms Wendy Waite and I will also continue to teach French for all grades across the school.

I completed my studies at both Deakin University and Victoria University. Before teaching French at Our Lady of the Way in 2018, I taught French at St Patrick’s Primary Kilmore. Prior to teaching French, I taught year four and year five.

Tell us about your approach to teaching and learning: I believe in nurturing and supporting students to become lifelong learners. I believe learning extends beyond the barriers of the classroom walls and I encourage students to apply their learning in different contexts. I want my students to become empowered by their own learning. I try to create a supportive classroom atmosphere that allows for students to share and give feedback, to make mistakes and learn from them, and to embrace their strengths and weaknesses of each classroom member.

What is the best part of being a teacher?  Nothing beats the feeling I get when I see a student exceed their own expectations. When a child is so proud of themselves they can’t hide a smile.

Why did you want to join the team at Our Lady of the Way? I’m looking for an opportunity to extend my professional experience by teaching in a small school in its beginning years and I was lucky enough to be offered this opportunity part time so that I am able to spend time at home with my daughter.

What are you looking forward to about teaching in a brand new school? It is a unique opportunity to work in a school in its beginning years. I’m very excited to be teaching a year three-four class as I particularly enjoy teaching this age group and am looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead.

Tell us about yourself. Your passions, your journey to this point, goals. I grew up in the Broadford-Kilmore area and in recent years have moved back to Kilmore with my husband. In 2017, we started our family and have a beautiful daughter called Audrey. I play guitar and love to sing (unfortunately for my students!). As a family, we love to spend time in Eildon fishing and doing water activities on the boat. We look forward to travelling in a few years’ time and my ultimate goal is to someday experience a white Christmas.

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