Staff Spotlight – Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is a Prep Mentor

What do you love about your job?

So many things! But what I particularly love about teaching Prep is the huge arc of learning that happens between the start and the end of the year. Often students will come into Prep only being able to write their name, but they leave as confident and capable learners who love to read and write! I love fostering creativity and building a positive classroom environment where all the students feel like they can succeed. I have loved working to develop our ‘Muddy Maths’ outdoor learning program and seeing the benefits spending time in nature has had on our students. Nature is such a rich learning environment, and we are incredibly lucky to have the beautiful Hobart Rivulet on our doorstep.

What made you want to study teaching?

Growing up, I was surrounded by teachers and it’s something that runs in my family. I’ve wanted to be an Early Years teacher for as long as I can remember. I worked for many years on a dive boat on the Ningaloo Reef before I started teaching, but it’s something I always knew I would do.

What is one thing you would go back and tell your 14-year-old self?

Trust your instincts and don’t worry about what other people think.

What is one thing you would love to do if you could do anything?

I’m a keen walker, and there’s a walk that’s on the top of my list: walking across Iceland from North to South! I’d also love to go to Antarctica.

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would be seated at your table?

Friends and family first obviously! I never met my maternal grandmother, and I would love to have had the chance to meet her and hear about what sounds like a very interesting life. But if it was someone ‘famous’, then I wouldn’t mind sharing a glass of bubbles with Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. I could just sit back and listen to the banter, that would be fun I think.