I believe the purpose of teaching is to assist students to gain knowledge, skills, values, and positive attitudes from their education so that they can develop a sense of self -achievement as they strive to fulfill their desired goals. In doing this, I want to help students to use these learned positive attitudes and values to create a path for their futures within and beyond school. For students to achieve this, I must develop an environment that promotes positive effects of the learning process. Conclusively, I have a strong desire to help the students to thoroughly enjoy their experiences at school.
Poet William Butler Yeats once said, �Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire�. Teaching is not about giving students endless information, but rather about helping them learn ways to understand the content through their different learning styles and cultural lenses. With this approach, I hope to help students gain control and responsibility of their learning, enabling them to think for themselves. Additionally, this will help the students to feel a desire to share ideas, communicate concepts and inspire conversation with those around them. I feel the best moment for a teacher is witnessing a student grasp a concept for the first time -there is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity about a topic or skill. This kind of moment could be life-changing for both the student and I.
Mr. Swain has been a very amicable and approachable teacher from my experience. I have witnessed his expertise in the classroom firsthand � he is a creative teacher who is invested in his students' learning. He cares for student wellbeing in all areas and is friendly and easy to talk to.
Post Graduate Degree in Secondary school teaching
Bachelor of Leisure Studies
� Havelock North High School
� Teacher of Y9 Mathematics and NCEA level1 Internal Mathematics
� Teacher of Y10 Science
? Napier Boys High School
? Teacher of Y9-Y12 (NCEA level 1 External) and (NCEA Level 2 External) Mathematics
? William Colenso College
? Teacher of Y10-Y11 (NCEA level 1) Mathematics and Y10 & 12 (NCEA level 2) Physical Education
? Geraldton Senior College
? Teacher of Y11-12 Essentials Mathematics, Y11 Foundations Mathematics, Y10 Mathematics and
? Y11-12 Foundations Physical Education and Certificate II in Vocational Pathways (Numeracy and Literacy skills) with the Clontarf Academy. (The Clontarf Academy caters for Disengaged Indigenous Boys)
? Senior Teacher in Western Australian Education
? Sunshine Beach State High School
? Contract Teacher of Health and Physical Education (Y10-11) Science (Year 7-10), Mathematics, (Year 7-10), Marine Studies (Year 10-12) and Prevocational Mathematics (Y11-12)
? Senior Teacher in Queensland Education
? Noosa District State High School
? Contract Teacher of Science (Year 9-10), Marine Science (Year 11-12), Mathematics (Year 8) and Surf Life Saving (Year 10)
? Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, Assistant Coach
? Relief teaching at Saint Teresa�s Catholic College (Noosaville, QLD), Good Sheppard Lutheran Christian College (Noosaville, QLD) and Noosa District State High School.
? Flaxmere College
? Teacher of Physical Education (Year 9-NCEA level 2), Science (Year 7-Year12NCEA), Geography (NCEA Level2) Social studies (Year10) History (NCEA Level2), Mathematics (Year 10), Disengaged Boys Only Class
My family consists of 4 beautiful children and an amazing wife. I have been married for 11years.
I am Napier born and breed attending Napier Boys High School for my secondary schooling.
I am a Christian and I attend the Grace Napier Church, where I help with the childrens church services.
I have been a teacher for 17 years where I have taught at different schools and have had the opportunity to teach a diverse range of students. I thoroughly enjoy being a teacher and helping students to succeed in their education.
I was highly involved in the Westshore SLSC (due to family commitments I have had to step away) as a athlete and lifeguard, but mostly as the clubs head coach from 2000-2012 and I was fortunate to coach two athletes to five world titles. In 2012 my family and I moved to Noosa Heads where I took on an assistant coaching role at Noosa Heads SLSC, where I once again coached two athletes to two world titles.
I have received the Bronze Medallion for Bravery from the Royal Humane Society for a rescue off Napier's marine parade in 1994.
My family and I enjoy the beach, bush and forest. If we are not gardening on our property, we will be surfing, walking, or collecting sticks to make huts and exploring nature.