Spotlight On: Jordan Webber

Posted September 5, 2019 in Interviews & Spotlights, Teacher Spotlights By Community Relations

Mr Jordan Webber (06-11) is an English teacher in the Senior School at Wesley. Jordan began teaching at Wesley at the start of 2017 and before that, he did his teaching practicum at Governor Stirling Senior High School and at Broome Senior High School. Both experiences were incredibly formative and helped shape his understanding of how schools can create culture and community in vastly different regions of the state.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I never expected to become a teacher as both my parents were, so in some ways I wanted to avoid that world. It was only once I started tutoring Year 12 Literature students that I realised how thoroughly I actually enjoyed the challenge of helping students improve their reading and writing, while discussing big ideas. That sold it to me.

What makes Wesley a great place to work?

Definitely the students.  Working with a diverse range of students allows you to see the world from multiple perspectives and learn just as much as you teach.

I also enjoy that no day is the same as the one before it. You can turn up to work and have no idea what the next challenge around the corner will be, which definitely keeps life interesting.

Outside the College, what are your favourite things to do?

I’m a pretty big fan of hiking and conducting nature surveys across Australia. Every year, I try to find good chunks of time to recharge and go out bush, camping and exploring. I’ve been lucky enough to do birdlife surveys from Meekatharra to the Kimberley, all the way to Cairns and elsewhere in the eastern states. I can definitely vouch for this as one of the best ways to embrace a stark change in pace from our busy worlds.

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