Spotlight On: Jannine Webb
Jannine Webb joined Wesley in January 2017 as Dean of Students (Senior School), a role which sees her guide students in Years 9 to 12. Jannine is passionate about helping students realise their full potential and is looking forward to working with Wesley’s young men to effect generational change that has positive outcomes for both men and women.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been a teacher for almost 30 years now, which is a scary thought! When I graduated from high school I had to complete a three-year Diploma of Teaching before I went on to complete my Bachelor of Education. I now teach Senior School Science, specialising in Biology and Human Biology; I find it to be a popular and engaging subject.
Tell us about your career highlights, prior to joining Wesley.
Prior to joining Wesley, I was the Dean of Middle Years’ Education at Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Claremont. Leading students and teachers in this role was the realisation of a long held goal. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to influence change for a large number of students through implementing challenging learning initiatives and strategies that supported students requiring additional resources to reach their potential. Starting programs that raised student interest in fields such as engineering or mining related industries and increasing the academic rigour of the courses we offered was also very important for me.
I have already found that I am able to apply learnings from MLC to my role here at Wesley, leading students and analysing data to improve student outcomes.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I was inspired by my Year 5-7 teacher. I grew up in Newdegate which has a very small primary school, and I had three different teachers from Years 1-7. My Year 5-7 teacher was very engaging and encouraging, it made a big difference in my learning.
Why did you choose to join Wesley?
I chose to come to Wesley to work with young men and make a positive difference in their lives. I have always been interested in helping students realise their potential while they are still at school, rather than waiting until they have graduated. I believe young men have such creative imaginations and ideas and can provide the solutions to many global issues. Engaging and empowering them is essential to finding new ways to meet our world’s current and future needs.
On a personal note, my two sons attend Wesley (as did my brother), so it is like family for me.
Outside of school life, what are your favourite things to do?
When I am at home I am a mum first and foremost and I love spending time with my boys, my family and friends. I also enjoy cooking, reading and gardening to unwind from a busy day or term!