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Q&A with Emily Byrne, Christian Studies Teacher

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

In Semester 2 of 2021 I had the privilege of working with the Diverse Learning Team and Drama Faculty at Cabra Dominican College. I am a big believer in the value of inclusive learning and performing arts, so my experience there was very rich and memorable. Prior to Cabra, I was here at Concordia College in Semester 1, filling a short-term contract, predominantly teaching Psychology, and the occasional relief lesson.

2. Three words to describe you.

Creative. Organised. Enthusiastic.

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

As a Christian Studies teacher the easy answer here is to say ‘Jesus’. Jesus is widely recognised as one of the greatest teachers of all time. People who heard him teach in person were “amazed” and it’s hard to go past his example as the gold standard of teaching. I admire the way that Jesus communicated with people from all ages, backgrounds, needs and abilities in a way that addresses the things that really matter.

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

Invisibility... or flying. It’s too hard to choose!

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?

People are often curious about my surname and my cultural heritage. My surname “Byrne” is my husband’s family name. Both of my parents are Chinese from Malaysia. They moved to Adelaide (independently of each other) to finish their high school education. I was born and raised in Adelaide, and hence the Aussie accent.