Introducing Anjeni Lata Maharaj
Professional work role: Home Economics and Hospitality teacher
What is something that really makes your day?
It really makes my day to hear a student come up to me and say ‘Yes Miss, I did it all by myself and now I know where I made a mistake’ or when they are doing a practical and I see the sense of accomplishment on their face when they have succeed in their creation. It is just a very different environment in the Home Economics room.
What is your current job/workplace and do you love about it?
I have had only one job and that has always being a Home Economics teacher at Cloncurry State School P-12, and I don’t think I would have liked to be in any other place. Working with teenagers gives me a sense of pride and joy as they are at that stage of live where every day is a new day for them and every student is so different in their own ways.
I love working at Cloncurry State School. The school is very welcoming to new members of the community as the student and staff turnover is quiet high. There are so many friendly faces around town and in school. We all work as a big family and get involved in so many community activities. The staff members are very helpful and it feels like home away from home.
How did you end up in the role where you are now?
I worked as a relief teacher in Gold Coast for a few months before I was offered a permanent role at the school. I have been here since 2009 and enjoying every bits of it.
Who is and/or was your inspiration and why?
I was always inspired by my Home Economics teacher when I was in high school. She was an excellent role model, boasting about how perfect her job as a teacher is and how much she loved teaching. She not only said it but showed it as well. She was always enthusiastic about her work and tried her best every day to make a difference in lives. She practised whatever she taught as in her life. For example she would teach us about recycling and she would herself be wearing clothes that were upcycled and remodelled for the duration of the unit.
What would be your dream job?
I cannot think of any other better job then what I am doing at the moment. All I wish is to have more and better strategies to making teaching and learning successive for every student in my class.
Everyone has days that are up and days that are down. How do you pick yourself up on these ‘down’ days?
I try to think that every day is a new day. I also try to leave everything that happened in class at the gate so I don’t take it home. When I come to school I pick it up from the gate and always try to think about it from a student’s perspective. I also talk about it with my peers to find an alternative strategy.
What colour epitomises your thoughts about home economics?
Very colourful as it is a room full creativity and challenges.
If you could have one wish come true for the home economics profession, what would it be?
I would love to see a day where all Home Economics teachers sit together and collaborate, share and have some insightful professional dialogues.
If there is one tip, piece of advice, or useful resource, you would give a student or new graduate about the Home Economics profession what would it be?
Lots of patience, ability to adapt and adjust and creativity.