Alex joined Fintona in 2017 after working as a Humanities Publisher with Jacaranda, a secondary school educational publishing company and previously for a large independent boys’ school.
After spending time away from the classroom in publishing Alex realised that he really missed teaching and working with students. We are delighted to have Alex’s knowledge of and passion for Geography and History in our classrooms at Fintona.
What are some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
Prior to starting at Fintona four years ago, I was a Humanities Publisher with Jacaranda, a secondary school educational publishing company. I published three editions of the iconic Jacaranda Atlas which has been used in Australian schools for over 50 years. I also published many award-winning Geography and History textbooks as well as a range of resources in other subjects. Before entering the field of publishing, I was a teacher at a large independent boys’ school for over 23 years.
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
From an early age, in fact from when I was in primary school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I really enjoy working with students and aim to not only help them learn but share my love of Geography and History. It is very satisfying seeing your students experience ‘lightbulb’ moments when something all of a sudden makes sense, or when an interest is sparked.
What have you ‘taken’ from previous roles to be the teacher you are today?
At Jacaranda, I experienced what the business world was like, which was something I was very curious about. I also came to learn many new skills and met an array of talented and inspirational educators and authors from around the world. I believe all these experiences have really enriched and helped develop my teaching skills.
What brings you happiness outside of School?
Swimming which I find relaxing, cycling, watching films, gardening which can be frustrating at times but which is also very rewarding when you harvest vegetables or see a plant flourish, cooking and especially traveling to exotic places. My ultimate trip would be to go to Antarctica as a tourist.