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Meet our STEM teacher

Laila Fleischmann

Teaching area

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Teaching experience, qualifications, professional development achievements

I graduated from RMIT 10 years ago with a Bachelor of Education. In the ten years since, I have achieved a PostGraduate Diploma in Student Wellbeing from ACU and am close to completing my Master of Literacy Education at Melbourne University.

Tell us about your approach to teaching and learning:

I plan for an inclusive, individualised program that:

  • addresses different learning styles,
  • is fun and creative,
  • involves different layers of thinking,
  • and challenges students to ‘think outside of the box’.

I enjoy getting to know my students and their different interests. I believe that students will learn better   if the program reflects and includes their interests.

What is the best part of being a teacher?

The best part of being a teacher is the ‘Aha moment’. This is when you see a student’s eyes light up and you know that they have made a startling discovery or have learned something new. This is when you know, as a teacher, that you have made a difference.

Why did you want to join the team at Our Lady of the Way?

I am looking forward to building the STEM department at Our Lady of the Way. I am eager to get started and to help build a culture that is heavily interested in STEM.  I already know a few of the teachers at Our Lady of the Way and am very excited at the talent, experience and professionalism of the staff. As a teacher, I am looking forward to being challenged and learning from the staff and students.

What are you looking forward to about teaching in a brand new school?

I am looking forward to creating a culture of STEM in a new school. My goal would be to have Our Lady of the Way known for its STEM programs and innovative projects.

Tell us about yourself. Your passions, your journey to this point, goals.

I started off my career as a graduate teacher at St. Patrick’s Primary school in Kilmore. I spent five years at St. Pats, then moved to St. John’s Primary School in Clifton Hill. I then had my first son and returned to St. Pat’s as a literacy support teacher. Then my daughter came along! I taught part time at St. John’s Primary School in Thomastown for a year and then we welcomed our little boy mid-2018. In amongst all of this, we moved from Epping to Hidden Valley and I started my Masters. I have been very busy!

My goal this year is to create and deliver a STEM program that is both exciting and educational. I also would love to finish off my Masters – I’m so close!

What are you interests outside of school life?

I am a mother of three young children aged five, three and five months. My life has been very busy during the past five years since beginning my journey into motherhood. I enjoy keeping fit, cooking, sewing, dancing, playing with my kids and going to the beach. I also enjoy binge watching 90’s sitcoms, eating chocolate and online shopping for things I don’t need!

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