Spotlight On: Lauren Finlay

Posted July 13, 2020 in Interviews & Spotlights, Teacher Spotlights By Lachlan Fitzgerald

Ms Lauren Finlay is a Junior School teacher at Wesley College. Originally from Melbourne, Lauren started teaching at Wesley in 2013, and works in a dynamic role as a combined Drama, Dance and Physical Education teacher.

 

What do you enjoy most about teaching in the Junior School?

My role as a Physical Education, Dance and Drama teacher is pretty unique. One of my favourite parts of the school day is bumping into my former students, who I taught in Year 2, and are now in Year 9. Most of these boys tower over me now! I never tire of talking with these students, and one of the most wonderful aspects of working at Wesley is that we are able to follow their educational journey until they finish their time at the College in Year 12. It’s an absolute joy watching the students from Pre-K to Year 4 grow and learn.

 

What is one thing that people would never know about you?

I’m originally from Melbourne and all of my family still lives there. I moved to Perth 15 years ago to study Education at University and never went back! Most people might not know that I am also a trained dance teacher!

 

What makes Wesley a great place to work?

The Wesley community is something very special. Over the past few months, it has been inspiring to watch the way that staff, parents and students have all come together to support one another. Being a part of a supportive community is one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about my role at Wesley. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

 

What do you enjoy doing outside your time as a teacher?

I have always enjoyed the outdoors, and I’m lucky to live close to both the river and the beach. My family is everything to me, and on the weekends, you will often find us walking, swimming, paddle boarding, and exploring these areas. With the travel restrictions, I’m looking forward to exploring more of WA this year.  Baking is also a favourite pastime. I enjoy baking cakes and desserts, and I share my cooking with my colleagues in the Junior School.

 

Who inspired you to become a teacher?

I had many wonderful teachers growing up who inspired me to work with young children. For as long as I can remember I have always worked with young children; whether it was coaching tennis, teaching dance or working as a nanny.

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