Meet our Year 8 Coordinator

"No matter what, you will make mistakes, learn from them, forgive yourselves and others who make them and be confident in the knowledge that you can lean on and be supported by family, friends, and teachers when needed." is the advice given from our Year 8 Coordinator, Mrs Melissa Patel. Learn more about her in this short interview.

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What do you enjoy most about being Year 8 Level Coordinator? 

I thoroughly enjoy working with Year 8 students and believe I have always been able to develop an excellent rapport with the students under my care and can successfully advocate for them when and where required. My interactions with Strathcona families have been positive and I gain great satisfaction out of working together with students and their families to provide the best possible learning environment both academically and pastorally

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I feel my inspiration to become a teacher came from my own experiences as a student and the characteristics and the qualities I observed from the teachers that mentored me along the way and the positive impact they have had on me in different aspects of my life.

Why is wellbeing important to you?

My wellbeing and feeling positive about myself, knowing that I am loved and respected by my family and friends gives me strength and direction.  I know that I can not give to others what they need to improve their wellbeing if I am not in a good place myself and so over the years, through trial and error, I’ve discovered what I need to do to enhance my own wellbeing. Then those hiccups we all have along the way in our lives can be better managed due to our ability to use these strategies, which we know usually work, to get us through those tougher patches.

What does wellbeing mean to you?

Feeling connected to others and having a sense of purpose in what I do each day.

What inspires you now in teaching? 

Those “aha!” moments students have when I am working with them give me inspiration and incredible satisfaction in my teaching in the classroom.

Do you have a highlight moment from your time at Strathcona?  

I love that over my eight years teaching at Strathcona I have been able to work closely with students and their families and develop relationships that enable us to work as a team to help their daughters make the most of all the opportunities available to them, and where possible, open-up more opportunities to make their interactions at school positive and meaningful.

What do you enjoy doing outside the classroom? 

Spending time with my family and friends, going for long walks, reading, watching Mystery/Detective series on TV, and eating great food.

What advice would you give students? 

No matter what, you will make mistakes, learn from them, forgive yourselves and others who make them and be confident in the knowledge that you can lean on and be supported by family, friends, and teachers when needed.