Five Minutes with Melissa Marshall, Head of Digital Learning and Technology and Commerce

What inspires you as a teacher?

Probably, it is doing things I haven’t done before, and seeing students do things they have never done before either. The whole process of learning is fascinating to me. Every day in a school is different, and this is what makes this job so exciting. It is inspiring to see young people tackle challenges.

What part of the school year is most exciting/challenging for you?

I think this time of the year, when the Year 12s realise it is all coming to an end and the revision program is in full swing, is the most challenging time! Everyone is so focused on what we need to get done that we can lose the ability to see the big picture. The most exciting time is definitely the beginning of the school year in January. Everything is fresh.

What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in education over the years?

This is my ninth year as a teacher and one of the biggest changes is the swing back towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The future will be governed by those who understand our rapid pace of technology and how to harness it. It has finally become cool to be the nerd!

How do you relax?

I admit I am very bad at relaxing, but I love reading historical biographies, debating interesting ideas and going to new places – particularly if that place involves drinking coffee and being outdoors.

What is something not many people know about you?

I volunteer in a native animal conservation centre on weekends where we work to rehabilitate injured black cockatoos. I also have five younger sisters, with the youngest one being in Year 12 this year!

What is your favourite holiday destination?

The Cocos Keeling Islands. It is wild, remote, completely stunning and Australia’s westernmost territory.

Favourite quote?

‘No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.’

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