Five Minutes with Michelle Carrick, Head of Religious Education

Why did you become a teacher?

I wanted to work with people and was drawn to the challenge and fulfilment of education – working as part of a professional team and the daily experience of facilitating students’ growth.

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

There have been many changes to curriculum in the subjects I have taught. The introduction of the Religion and Life courses in Years 11 and 12 have been a highlight.

Growth in the use of technology in the classroom. When I taught Geography, I used to spend hours drawing diagrams and maps on overhead transparencies. Now with a quick search and a couple of clicks a map appears or we can be on a virtual tour inside the Vatican!

Who has or does inspire you as a teacher?

I have had many fabulous teachers during my schooling and ongoing education. Their passion was infectious. Not surprisingly, many of these teachers had a strong Catholic faith. Jesus is the master teacher – He gently and patiently calls us forward in our lives.

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

The Year 12 Retreat is a highlight of the school year. It is a privilege to journey with staff and students as they reflect on their lives and relationship with God.

What is something not many people know about you?

I majored in Geography and English in my undergraduate education degree.

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Like many West Australians, I love to escape “down south”.

Favourite quote?

“The simplest and most practical lesson I know…is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow”.   Catherine McAuley

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