Jobs bring teachers back home

Colac’s Paul Maddern and two other teaching graduates started their careers in the Colac region when school returned today.

Former Colac students are returning to the city to start their teaching careers after years of study.

Three teaching graduates will start their new jobs in the district today – two of whom went to school in Colac.

Colac’s Paul Maddern is the newest teacher at Beeac Primary School.

Mr Maddern, 22, will share the role of teaching grades four, five and six with school principal, David Robinson.

Mr Maddern said he looked forward to working in a small school where he could spend one-on-one time with the 12 students in his class.

Mr Maddern, who went to Alvie Consolidated School, said he was “very keen to get into it” and start teaching after four years of study at Warrnambool’s Deakin University.

Meanwhile, Colac’s Amy Cantwell will start her first teaching job at Trinity College today.

Ms Cantwell, who went to Colac High School, said she always wanted to be a teacher and will teach English, humanities and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning to students in years eight to 11.

Ms Cantwell completed a Graduate Diploma of Education at Ballarat University after she finished an arts degree at Monash University.

Colac Secondary College’s newest teacher Caitlin Sauro isn’t from the region, but said she looked forward to becoming a part of the Colac district community.

Ms Sauro, 25, will teach agriculture and horticulture to students in years nine to 12.

She studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Melbourne University and then a Graduate Diploma in Education at Geelong’s Deakin University to receive her teaching qualifications.

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