Dr Penny Reiss is the Head of Arts (Academic) at Wesley College. With a wealth of experience in the Arts, Penny’s level of expertise is first-class. The Arts Department, and the College in general, is a better place with Penny involved.
Why did you become a teacher?
My teaching journey was a gradual one. After I finished my degree in classical music I worked in symphony orchestras nationally and internationally for a long time, but I always taught in some capacity, whether that was private students or educational outreach tours with the orchestras. As time went on, I realised that teaching was ultimately what I wanted to do.
What’s your favourite teaching memory?
The International Arts Tours at Wesley will always be the highlight. Watching the boys in a different environment, seeing them grow up and seeing how much they absorbed the artistic cultures of other countries is a highpoint of my teaching career.
I was living in Tasmania when the job at Wesley came up and I was ready to come back home to Perth. I already had a good knowledge of Wesley because I had attended so many National Music camps there when I was young and I knew of its reputation for excellence – so it was an easy decision to make. I also like the Wesley motto by daring and by doing. It works for me!
‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’ – Mohammed Ali.
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