This week we welcome Western Australian Educator, Alycia Bermingham. This is Alycia’s second round as host of EduTweetOz.
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 been teaching since 2010, after spending a number of years at uni accruing degrees. I worked for 3 years in country district high schools, one extremely remote. After a year in the city at two schools, one being my formal introduction to leadership, I decided my heart was in country teaching, so I put my application into the system, and was offered a position at my current school. After a year teaching 11 and 12 History, Years 10 and 8 HaSS, and working as the Year 7 Transition Coordinator for our first incoming cohort of Year 7s, I was successful in winning the position of Head of Learning Area. This is my second year in the position, and I’m still waiting to have 2 days that are the same! Presently I’m teaching only senior school, History and Geography, which keeps me level as Year 11s and 12s keep it real!!!!
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
My students – they’re full of wonder and honesty, and have a way of making every day worthwhile, in one way or another.
My colleagues – both in my school, across all learning areas, and beyond. Educators with passion and motivation, and hearts in the right place!
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
No matter the role, experiencing and understanding the impact each and every one of us has on everyone within our immediate domain, and then beyond, is both rewarding and challenging. We have a big responsibility and when we deliver – whether it’s a student passing ATAR when they don’t expect they will, or a student becoming involved in an organisation or program which helps them realise that there are others like them in the world – or so many more examples – it brings the biggest smile. It’s just a challenge achieving it, because expectations are enormous and saying no isn’t so easy for us!
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I’d like to see teachers feel more valued. I don’t know how I’d achieve it, probably would start with providing tea and coffee in all the staff rooms and offices, and then a whole other gamut of changes from there, such as allowing DOTT to be flexi time to compensate for the many hours we do beyond the 8.30-5.00.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
The varied discussions are so tremendously important to opening eyes and minds to new perspectives. This week I have no set plans, just would like to engage with a variety of educators beyond my regular feed, and let those discussions organically develop.