7 Questions with Jocelyn Hansen – Dean of Students Years 5 & 6

Continuing with our ‘7 Questions’ series, over the coming weeks, we will be asking ‘7 questions’ of our Deans. This week, its Jocelyn Hansen, Dean of Students – Years 5 & 6.

Why did you become a teacher?
I always loved school as a student and so it was a natural fit for me to become a teacher.  As a result, I have been at school my whole life really.

Who inspires you as a teacher?
I am inspired every day by the classroom teachers around me as they are so committed to their students, their own professional development and self improvement and especially always looking out for ways to support the girls to be their excellent selves.

What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in education?
Education is a dynamic profession. Over time, more and more research is available about student learning, styles of teaching and the skills required for our young people to be successful citizens of the world. This leads to constant change in teaching pedagogy, student learning and curriculum requirements.

It is an exciting profession to be in, as through our own experiences, and the research available there is always scope to learn, reflect and meet learning needs.

If you could choose another job what would it be?  
When it is time for another profession I would be a horticulturist, as I love nature and being among the natural environment. It is a peaceful place to be with lots to offer and the rewards are great.

What is something not many people know about you?
Something not many people know about me is that I have seven siblings, five sisters and two brothers.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Several years ago I had the most wonderful time in Hawaii, so that is quite appealing, though Broome is another place I love and have been many times. I think anywhere near the water is where I love to be, as long as I have my family with me.

Favourite quote?
From the book of Micah from the Old Testament, this always reminds me of a simple motto for life:

Micah 6.8  “To act justly and to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.”

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