Name: Jessica Roberts
Professional work role: Head of Year 12 and teacher
What is something that really makes your day?
The positive rapport with students makes learning, teaching and working really enjoyable and fun.
How did you end up in the role where you are now?
I ended up in the role at Everton Park State High School when the school called me for a 6 day stint, which quickly turned into a Term 3 contract, then Term 4 and finally a contract for the whole of 2015. It was here that I was then given the opportunity to expand my teaching experience and position within the school.
What is your current job/workplace and do you love about it?
Everton Park State High School is a very small school, where the students constantly smile and wish you a good day. However, it’s not just the students that have made an impact on my life. It is also the committed and excellent teaching staff, which also makes my job worthwhile. They are extremely welcoming and have been there for me through thick and thin, guiding me along the way. I have been extremely lucky to have been accepted into their community and had the experiences that I have had.
Who is and/or was your inspiration and why?
My current inspiration is one of my co-workers and also my mentor. She has helped me when I am stressed and guided me when I was lost–she is honestly one of the best teachers I have ever met. Her talent and passion for teaching is inconceivable and I only hope that I am half as good as she is.
What would be your dream job?
My dream is to one day become permanent in a school where I feel as though I make a difference to my students.
What has been the biggest mistake you have made on the job?
One of the biggest mistakes was probably when I was coming home from Japan over the school holidays. I had not known that I would be working in the New Year and had muddled up my dates for return. Basically, I ended up driving straight from the airport to work, after a 20-hour flight home, without any sleep. Moral of the story, give yourself time to prepare and relax before you are thrown into a class of Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students and ‘winging’ a lesson about high tea.
What colour epitomises your thoughts about home economics?
I find that purple is the colour that epitomises Home Economics as it is a strong and powerful colour and as home economics teachers that is what we are. We have the power to enrich and change lives for the better. It is with this power and loyalty to the field that we can make a difference to someone’s future.
If you could have one wish come true for the home economics profession, what would it be?
My one wish for the Home Economics profession would be for it to become more recognised. It really is such an important subject and I can only wish that my own passion can be transferred to younger people so that someone else can have fun with the skills that I have learnt.
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?
My one tip would be to have fun and make sure that you have time to yourself. If you follow through with this then I think your passion and experience will only increase. I found if I was able to have a little bit of time for myself here and there that my lessons would be a lot more engaging.