Spotlight On: Mrs T’Ann Steel

Posted June 28, 2024 in Teacher Spotlights, The Wesleyan By Sophie Foster

A fantastic Middle School teacher, but she could very easily have been a dancer, or hairdresser, or mechanic…

 

WHAT WAS YOUR PATH TO TEACHING AT WESLEY?

I started my teaching career in Perth before moving to Albury-Wodonga. There, I joined a start-up school, Trinity Anglican College, and worked in a number of roles over the eight years I was there, including Head of Junior School, before returning to family in Perth. After teaching an all-boys’ class for two years, I accepted a position at Christ Church Grammar School before moving south of the river to Wesley in 2019.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE AN EDUCATOR?

I enjoy helping others. Guiding children to learn new skills, build their knowledge and reach their potential is very rewarding. We get to make a difference.

DO YOU THINK WESLEY IS A SPECIAL PLACE?

The community feel at Wesley is unique. It is similar to being in a country town, where people are connected and always willing to help one another out. My children are Wesleyans, so the College will always have a special place in my heart.

WHAT PIECE OF WISDOM DO YOU INSTIL IN YOUR STUDENTS?

Choose to be kind. A smile has the power to change someone’s day.

WHAT COLLEGE SPORT ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

I love managing the Year 5/6 Basketball teams. As a family, we go to all the Wildcats games. I enjoy basketball — it’s an action-packed game and fun to watch.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT WESLEY?

Walk my labrador, Kenzie, on the beach.

WHAT WOULD THE STUDENTS BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?

I love to dance and danced competitively for many years before teaching dance troupes.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST?

Life is short and there is no room for regrets. I choose to be the best version of myself to be a role model for my children and others.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER BREAKS?

We spend time down south every summer. As a family, we love going to the beach, fishing, paddle boarding and playing cards.

WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE?

I changed my mind all the time — mechanic, doctor, lawyer, speech pathologist, dancer, hairdresser. The list goes on!

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