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Q&A with Colleen Porch, Learning Mentor — Literature, Languages and Societies

1. Where were you before this and what persuaded you to join Concordia College?

I worked at Tyndale Christian School prior to joining Concordia. I was the Head of English there, a Year 12 Pastoral Care Leader, and mentored New Career Teachers through their first two years of teaching.

When the role as Learning Mentor first came up for 2021 it was my dream role. However, I chose not to apply because that would have meant leaving a school/colleagues I loved. However, when the role came up again for 2022 I felt it was time to pursue the opportunity of mentoring staff at Concordia.

2. Three words to describe you.

Wife/mother/grandmother (that’s word one isn’t it?) Supportive. Caring.

3. What is your motivation or inspiration in your role?

All Learning Mentors have been catching up with individual teachers: I am motivated by them; their stories; their passion for teaching; their diligence; their ability to craft amazing lesson plans to support student learning; their willingness to share; the way they approach lifelong learning in the midst of all they do. They are truly inspirational. .

4. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

“The Resourcer” - I just love finding and sharing resources with others. (A strange superpower, I know).

5. Who would you invite to a dinner party of six guests and why? Alternatively, tell us something you might like to share that we could not possibly know?

This will always be family first, second, third, etc… As my two sons live in Melbourne COVID-19 has meant we haven’t seen each other as much as usual (Melbourne was the most locked down city in the world).

So, it would be my two sons, my three Melbourne grandies, and my daughter who lives in Adelaide (we may need to sneak in my two Adelaide grandchildren though).