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Alumni TeachMeet 2017


24 April 2017

Teach Meet is Alumni Relations event in partnership with the Education and Social Work Student Society (EDSOC)
Teach Meet is Alumni Relations event in partnership with the Education and Social Work Student Society (EDSOC)

Some of the University of Sydney’s brightest teaching graduates recently returned to campus and gave TEDx-style talks about the classroom to over 120 students and recent graduates as part of the 2017 Alumni TeachMeet.

An Alumni Relations event in partnership with the Education and Social Work Student Society (EDSOC), The Dean for Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose, opened the event; welcoming all in attendance and expressing her great respect for the quality of the University’s teaching culture.

The Dean, Professor Annamarie Jagose
The Dean, Professor Annamarie Jagose

The current EDSOC president, Bhavani Balasubramanian, hosted the evening which included 9 alumni presentations:

  • Jessica Knight, BA BEd (Second:Hum&SocSc)(2011) BA (HONS) (2012) English teacher, Cheltenham Girls High School: Moving beyond the roll: building rapport with new classes
  • Ziyad Serhan, BSc (2013) MTeach (2016) Science teacher, Prairiewood High School: Three things I wish I knew as a pre-service teacher
  • Jen Coupland, BA (2011) BEd (Second:Hum&SocSc) (2011) English/Drama teacher, Cheltenham Girls High School: The invaluable casual
  • Hugh Miller, BEd (Primary) (2004) Principal, Petersham Public School: Getting your foot in the door
  • Kirilly Farrell, BA (2010) English teacher, Ariah Park Central School: The rural experience
  • Eddie Woo, BEd (Math) (2008) Head teacher mathematics, Cherrybrook Tech High School: Four compass points for beginning teachers
  • Ben North, BA (2007) BEd (Second:Hum&SocSc) (2007) Principal Research Officer for the New South Wales Department of Education (on secondment from Engadine High School): Working with gifted and high ability learners
  • Ananda Horton, BEd (Primary) (1998) Assistant Principal, Marton Public School: Bridging cultures
  • Donna Loughran, BEd (Hum) (1997) Principal, Doonside Technology High School: The Good, The Bad and The Bubbly

A relaxed networking session concluded the session and saw many students stay back and mingle with the graduate speakers. Many light-bulb moments were had; many valuable connections were made.

Jen Coupland
Jen Coupland

Look out for a similar style event next semester for Social Workers - Social Work Connect.

Feel free to contact the Alumni Relations manager for the faculty with any questions:

Kathryn Cowe kathryn.cowe@sydney.edu.au