Jessica Read returns to her former high school

2014 graduating Kapunda High School student and Centenary Foundation grant recipient Jessica Read has returned to the school as a qualified teacher.

2014 graduating Kapunda High School student and Centenary Foundation grant recipient Jessica Read has returned to the school as a qualified teacher.

“I had no idea how much work teachers do for their students,” reveals newly qualified teacher Jessica Read in speaking of her relief teaching experiences at Kapunda High School.

A graduate of the school, Jessica Read, of Kapunda, is now on the other side of the fence and is currently enjoying a relief teaching position at her former school.

“The workload of teachers is much greater than I realised when I was a high school student,” Jessica shared.

“I now fully appreciate all the effort they put in for their students”.

Jessica was Dux of Kapunda High School in 2014 and was also successful in winning Country Education Grants from the Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation in both 2015 and 2016 while undertaking study for a Double-degree in Teaching and Arts.

She gained her bachelor’s degree, and qualified as a teacher in September 2018, majoring in English and Psychology.

Her relief position has enabled her to experience other paths of teaching and learning and she has been working in the areas of Digital Tech and Phys Ed, along with her focus subjects.

Jessica thoroughly enjoys working with the staff and students of the school.

“Kapunda High School has a very special culture of inclusion and support, which I have appreciated in my first weeks of teaching,” she said.

“This support carries through to the community and I am also grateful for the generosity and commitment of the Kapunda High School Centenary Foundation which provided encouragement and financial assistance when I needed it in my early days at University.”

Jessica is currently applying for teaching positions and is optimistic of winning a post in a regional school so she can remain in the country.

This story Back to her grassroots first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.