FRESH FACES: Front row L to R – Lithgow High School Principal Ann Caro with new teachers Marnie Peters (TAS) and James Taylor (Science), Back row L to R – Nicole Thompson (English), Erika Marlin (English) and Amanda Saladine (PDHPE).
Lithgow school students will notice a few new teachersas theyreturn to class in 2017.
Erika Marlin is a first year English and History teacher starting at Lithgow High School.
Ms Marlin comes from family of teachers with her mother being a deputy and both her grandmothers having careers in theclassroom.
She appreciates the warm welcome she has received from Lithgow High School community and wants to make a difference in the lives of her students.
“I hope at the very least, if not content, they learn some study skills. In History, I don’t like to give them the facts, Ilike to teach them how to discern the facts themselves by giving them primary sources,” MsMarlin said.
“I like to teach them how we analyse them and how they are contextual to their time and teach them to make a judgement themselves.”
Ms Marlin believes that being a teacher is often so much more than academic results.
“I’ve just come from teaching in Mt Druitt which is a really hard area to teach in.
“Most of the time the kids aren’t there to learn, they’re there to feel safe or they’re there to talk to someone or they’re there to get their basic needs met and I find that more validating than a student getting any band 6.
“So forming relationships with these students that don’t have safety or role models or stability in their lives is really rewarding. Just giving them something for them to be familiar with and safe with, it’s really good, I don’t know how else to say it.”
Local primary school students will also notice a difference with maintenance work being conductedover the summer holidays. In total $67,000 of funds from the NSW government wasused for minor works in primary schools across the area.
Cooerwull Public School$14,000Cullen Bullen Public School$33,000Zig Zag Public School$10,000Lithgow Public School $10,000This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.