Lucy Foster is currently the Year 3 teacher in the Junior School who came across to us this year from Lloyd Street Primary (also an IB PYP accredited primary school). She is passionate about teaching the PYP curriculum and believes that there are many benefits. Lucy, originally from Gippsland, began her career as a podiatrist. In our interview with Lucy we find out what made her leave a successful career behind as a podiatrist to pursue Primary School teaching.
What made you change your profession from podiatry to teaching?
I loved my job as a podiatrist and got to take part in some amazing experiences. These included travelling to Fiji to educate the doctors and nurses about how to care for the high risk patients to help decrease the rate of amputation and deaths from wounds. I also worked in collaboration with other health professionals in a paediatrics clinic to assess, diagnose and treat health issues in children. I found that my favourite part of being a podiatrist was being an educator and working with children, so I decided to head back to university to study Primary Education. Teaching is my passion – it’s not my job, it’s my career.
You are new to Fintona. What was the first thing that struck you about being a teacher here?
The first thing that stood out was the welcoming nature of the school community, including staff, students and the families. Also, the small class sizes at Fintona make it much easier to cater for individual learning needs.
You have come from another International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program PYP accredited primary school. What, in your opinion, is the main benefit for students in teaching the PYP?
While there are many benefits to the PYP curriculum, I think the main benefits are students gaining a conceptual knowledge that they can apply across all learning areas and the holistic approach to the development of the whole person. Also the action and promotion of continued, life-long learning is an important outcome.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Eat! I enjoy cooking and hosting dinner parties, but I especially love eating out. I relish in trying new restaurants and cafes, and frequenting my favourites. At the moment, my spare time is also being taking up by the process of moving into our new home, which is exciting and stressful at the same time.