This week we’re very happy to have Kimberley Sutton taking over the hosting duties for EduTweetOz. Kimberley is well known to Australian teachers as one of the moderators of the weekly #AussieEd chat. You can connect with her at @teachmisssutton
Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, however I think the moment that really struck me was after my HSC when I went to East Timor volunteering for 5 weeks. I spent a fair bit of this time teaching English to primary school students. I loved seeing the huge smiles on the kids faces whenever I walked into the classroom. They wanted to learn from me and enjoyed learning.
Since graduating I have worked a number of roles in education. I have worked as an Early Childhood teacher, high school tutor, sessional tutor for the University of Notre Dame and now my most current role is classroom teacher. I currently teach year 6.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
My students mainly. Every day I like to challenge them. Every day they find a new way to wow me.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
I think one of the biggest rewards of someone working in education, particularly primary, is simply to see a child grow and learn right before their eyes.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I’m very excited for the week ahead!