As part of our regular focus on some of the great teachers we have here at GV Noosa, this week we speak to the only one who owns a pet pig named Hamlet, Cambridge Advanced / Proficiency teacher Wendy.
How long have you been teaching at GV Noosa and what did you do before you worked here?
I’ve been teaching at GV Noosa for over three years now. Before that, I used to run my own antique business.
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
Yes I do, French, very badly! I struggled a lot with conjugating verbs and learning verb forms. It’s always been a challenge learning this language in Australia and not in France, which proves to me the value of studying overseas.
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
CAE as usual! In March, I will start teaching our very first CPE class, which I am really looking forward to. I’m now keener on teaching high levels. I really enjoy those courses because we have a goal to achieve all together. It’s like being on a journey with my students.
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
I can’t answer this question as they are all different. However, I have to say that Lara, from Switzerland, who was in upper intermediate last year, was so keen on joining the CAE class this term that she stayed at school studying during the school holidays. She was so motivated that she is now a member of my new CAE class.
What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?
My colleagues! That’s very important and we’re a great team. Apart from that, I really enjoy meeting overseas students because I learn more about their country and culture than travelling overseas. When you do, you visit the country and visit the sights but you hardly ever meet locals and really understand their way of life.
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
I would definitely be writing! I’d be at home, writing a book and playing with Hamlet, my pig! I would probably write about growing up and living in the 70’s, the most exciting times…
What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?
I just like the relaxed lifestyle. I’ve only been here for four years but I know I can’t cope with the city life anymore.
What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Noosa?
It’s actually in Eumundi, which is about a 15 minute drive from Noosa. The best restaurant in the universe is the “Modern Primitive”. The chef is a genius and is so creative. The dishes are full of flavours and amazing ingredients. The food is just great!
Read more about Wendy’s favourite restaurant here: http://www.modernprimitive.info