Teacher Profile- Maree
Teaching is the heart and soul of what we do at Hendersons. We have conducted interviews with several of our dedicated teachers to provide an opportunity for you to get to know them better.
Maree has been a teacher with Hendersons since 2009. She teaches group workshops and one on one tuition. Here are a few questions we asked her:
What did you do / what did you teach before joining the team at Hendersons?
I taught in primary schools, mainly middle and upper classes, for over thirty years and was an assistant principal for five years.
Why did you become a teacher?
Ever since attending a very small primary rural school, I loved the thought of becoming a teacher. Teaching and helping students to learn sounded like an exciting, although challenging, career and I loved being with children.
What is the best thing about teaching?
Being able to help students to learn is a wonderful feeling. In return, when students show signs of success, no matter how small that may be, the rewards of being a teacher are fulfilled.
What is something interesting we don’t already know about you?
I was initially a ‘farm girl’. Growing up on a wheat and sheep farm in the Wimmera district in Victoria, before moving to Melbourne to teach, has provided me with great country values.
In the AFL, I am a passionate North Melbourne supporter.
From your years of experience, what advice would you give parents who are looking to get into a select entry high school or scholarship program?
Encourage your children to develop a good study/homework plan.
Provide guidance to them when needed.
Praise their efforts.
If your children have attended Hendersons’ workshops, encourage them to complete the course materials in the folders. This is the ideal preparation for exams as all areas are covered in the workshops.
What are your top three exam preparation tips?
Have a study plan for each week leading up to the exam day and include regular study breaks: relaxation and physical activities.
Go to bed early the night before the exam. A good night’s sleep is very important.
On the exam day, do not procrastinate in the breaks between each subject’s exam. Just relax and ‘clear your mind’ for the next exam.
If you could give one final piece of advice to students, what would it be?
Take responsibility for your own learning and manage your study time effectively. If you need to spend extra time on a subject, update your study plan.