7 Questions with Marsha Pengilly – Dean of Students Year 9

Why did you become a teacher?
It was something I always wanted to do from a young age and even though I did a commerce degree, I knew that this was still the path I wanted to take.

What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in education over the years?
The use of ICT in the classroom. From my early days of teaching with electronic typewriters and only a few computers in the whole school, to our girls now having so much technology at their fingertips. The one to one laptop program has made a huge difference to my teaching in the Technology and Commerce area.

What other schools have you taught at?
During my first year of teaching I was at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, Northam Senior High School and Harvey Agricultural College, where I taught at the town wing and lived on the farm as I was a housemother at the Agricultural College. I stayed there for two years. I then moved to the city and taught at Sacred Heart College and Emmanuel Catholic College before coming to Santa Maria in 2004.

What is your favourite book?
There are so many, as I love to read, but I remember studying Pride and Prejudice at school and just loving it.

What is something not many people know about you?
I was born in Tom Price and only went back there after I was married. I would love to spend more time exploring the Pilbara one day.

How do you do to relax?
I love to read and take my dog for walks along the beach. I also really enjoy spending time with my family.

Favourite quote?
Sister Sheila’s quote, “If it is to be, it’s up to me” strikes a chord with me. Knowing that if I want things in life, then it’s up to me to go out and make that happen. I find this very empowering.

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