BUILDING relationships and assisting with learning discoveries are just two reasons why new Bega High School teachers Seanine Cooper and Louise Hulbert enjoy their job.
Ms Hulbert and Ms Cooper have returned to coastal living, after living and working in various parts of inland NSW.
Ms Hulbert has taken up a position in the English department, teaching Year 7 to 11 students.
After two weeks in Bega she is still amazed by the green countryside.
Having previously taught at a high school in Broken Hill for five years, she is more used to dust than grass.
Originally from Coffs Harbour, Ms Hulbert said she is happy to be back on the coast.
“It’s a totally different environment and culture on the coast than what I’ve been used to.
“It was a shock to go from Coffs Harbour to Broken Hill.”
Ms Hulbert studied at the University of New England in Armidale, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in History.
She decided to study teaching during her last years of high school.
“I had an inspirational history teacher, who was so passionate about what he did,” she said.
Despite majoring in history she has yet to teach the subject.
“I’m excited about what’s ahead.
“I love kids with a sense of humour and enjoy teaching kids with all different abilities and making learning discoveries.”
Ms Cooper has moved to the area from Gundagai with one of her four sons, Dermot, who is enrolled in Year 8 at Bega High School.
The rest of her family will remain in Gundagai for the time being, where her husband is a primary school teacher.
However, she said she is keen to hear of any openings for a position for her husband at any of the local schools if one should come up.
Ms Cooper has taken on the role of Special Education teacher.
She previously worked in a behaviour class at Mt Austin High School in Wagga Wagga for 12 months, and prior to this she has had experience working at a Coffs Harbour learning centre (behaviour school), spent five years as a teacher in juvenile justice (in Grafton) and as a youth officer (in Grafton and the Central Coast).
“I’m really happy to be here in Bega,” Ms Cooper said.
“I love the beach; I grew up in the Clarence Valley.
“In the past with my job I’ve been in some physically extreme environments, but here I am teaching kids who want to be taught.
“I enjoy building relationships with kids and seeing them have success in their life and not being restricted by anything.”
Ms Cooper is primary school trained, but by the end of the year will have completed her Masters for Special Education.
She has many passions, one of them being music, which she has passed on to son Dermot.
“I was lead singer of a rock band in Gundagai, so I am interested in joining a local band to sing with.”
Dermot is also a budding musician/singer/guitarist who may be seen busking on the streets of Bega sometime soon.
Ms Cooper also enjoys snow skiing, snorkelling, bushwalking and said the whole family is soccer-mad.