SAPPHIRE Coast Anglican College not only welcomed many new students to the school, the welcome mat was also rolled out for four new teachers.
Julie Slater, Tim Dowman, Stefanie Brown and Jenny Weber have joined the campus staff and are looking forward to a productive and successful year with their students.
Mr Dowman, a former Bega High School student and son of well-known former Bega High English teacher Kevin Dowman, is teaching English, History and Drama.
He studied a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University and then undertook a Diploma of Education at the University of Wollongong Bega campus last year.
“I’m excited about being here; it’s such a great school to start off at with its small classes and super supportive staff.
“I’d rather be here than the other two alternatives I had which were Nyngan or Wilcannia!”
Teaching part-time at the school are Julie Slater, Stefanie Brown and Jenny Weber.
Ms Slater is originally from Liverpool in the UK, where she initially studied Engineering and Marine Chemistry.
She has also worked in Japan and Korea teaching English as a second language.
She has lived in Australia a total of nine years and last year completed a Diploma of Education at the UoW Bega campus.
She will teach Year 11 Physics, Years 7 and 9 Science and Year 7 Maths at SCAC.
Ms Slater is looking forward to “getting to know the students and giving them the best education possible”.
Ms Weber has returned to the workforce after an extended absence raising her three children, Sebastian, Duncan and Lydia, who all attend the college.
The Webers have lived in Bega for 14 years and for a number of years were involved in the local mini-soccer competition.
Ms Weber also teaches piano.
“I’m excited about teaching again and getting the kids enthusiastic about learning,” she said.
Ms Weber has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Education.
She is teaching Year 11 and 12 Chemistry and Year 8 Maths.