Lisa Keeffe (1995)
What has been your journey since leaving Santa Maria College?
I had no idea what I wanted to do, I was interested in lots of things; health, science, environment, and theatre. I fought my natural inclination to be a teacher for many years.
Interestingly, I have managed to “do” all of those things in some way or another. I started in the Arts, by being accepted into the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, learning all the backstage things. My plan was to audition to do acting but after a few years of studying, I realised the lifestyle of the performing arts was not for me.
I have always been passionate about protecting our natural environment and became involved in campaigning against old growth forest logging.
I developed an interest in sustainable living and studied permaculture design. I have also been a massage therapist which I was drawn to because of my interest in health and alternative therapies. I studied and worked in Landcare, with farmers trying to hold back salinity and improve biodiversity. I have traveled to India, many places within Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Borneo, Japan, and most recently, New Zealand. I love exploring new places and especially multi-day hikes in beautiful environments.
I have two children of my own and this is where my interest in child development begun. I have a natural curiosity and love of learning, so I wanted to know everything. This led me to teaching. I have now been a teacher in Waldorf Education for ten years, teaching mainly upper primary and now middle school. I live in Geraldton on 10 acres, with a productive garden and a supportive community.
What has been a highlight along the way?
My favourite job was as a tour guide in a wildlife sanctuary, spotlighting animals and teaching visitors about our unique Australian wildlife. It is amazing how many Australians have never heard of such creatures as Woylies or Phascogales, which live right on our doorsteps and yet, care deeply about the plight of the Orangutans. I love orangutans too, hence my trip to Borneo, however, all of our wildlife deserves protection.
What is one of your fondest memories from your time at Santa Maria College?
Exercising with my friends down by the river, Denise Austin videos in the boarding house, circuits in the gym, and morning swimming for the swim team. I loved how our group all got along, I don’t think there were any cliques, or I wasn’t aware of them. I loved Theatre Arts too, with the Year 12 production of, “The Boyfriend” a definite highlight.