Spotlight On: Michael Crane

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

Mr Michael Crane is a Junior School teacher at Wesley. He started at the College as a Year 2 teacher in 2007 and it was his first teaching position. This was after having worked at the College as an educational assistant in the Junior School, while completing his Bachelor of Education degree at Murdoch University.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have two inspirations for becoming a teacher. Firstly, was seeing my wife, who is also a teacher, coming home from school and sharing with me the professional and personal satisfaction she gained from educating children. Secondly, I was working in a different industry and felt it was time for a change in life direction, hence my return to university. Reflecting on my personal primary school experience, I never felt totally connected and valued as a student. As a teacher, I am always conscious of making positive and meaningful interactions with the children in my care.

What makes working at Wesley so special?

What I love about Wesley is the wonderful camaraderie and culture we have in the Junior School. We also have amazing opportunities for the students and that makes it a joy to teach them. I am also continually impressed by the progressive teaching pedagogy the College adopts to ensure the best learning outcomes for the children.

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

I enjoy spending time with my two teenage girls, family and friends. Cooking is a passion of mine and I enjoy experimenting in different cuisines and sharing this with others. In my spare time, I like watching sports such as AFL and basketball. Throughout the summer months, any opportunity to jump on the boat and go squidding, crabbing or fishing is a time I relish.

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