Love of teaching reflected in results

Teacher Lisa Reynders in full flight in the classroom.
Teacher Lisa Reynders in full flight in the classroom.

The school received a personal congratulations on its results from Catholic Education director Tim McDonald in February.

Mrs Reynders started work at the Sorrento school in 2007 and soon impressed staff and students with her passion and commitment.

The former Sacred Heart student said she developed a passion for humanities from her high school teacher Mike Hart, who now worked alongside her.

Over the years, she has started a coffee club for Year 12 students, provided afternoon tutoring/lunchtime support and organised student humanities trips to Canberra and Sydney.

School principal Peter Bothe said Mrs Reynders had put in many out-of-school hours to help her students achieve great results.

‘She’s an outstanding teacher in the way she can unpack and explain information and assist the students,’ Mr Bothe said.

‘Her dedication and passion for the students to inspire them to achieve their best is palpable; the kids love going to her classes.’ Mrs Reynders said the key to her success with students was to be prepared, push them to work hard and most importantly believe in them.

‘The coffee club developed a few years ago, as my philosophy is to treat students as adults,’ she said.

‘I thought I would bring in my coffee machine from home and it took off from there.’

She said it was an opportunity to get to know students on a more personal level and that a strong relationship was at the centre of all good teaching to help bring student interests and passions to the classroom.