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Q&A with Adriana Weling, STEM Teacher — St John’s Campus

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

Last year I had my first child, a baby girl, and so was on maternity leave for the year. Prior to that I was at Nairne Primary School as STEM teacher, a R/1 homegroup teacher and a Year 4/5 homegroup teacher. Returning to work after maternity leave was the right choice for my family as it has given my husband the opportunity to return to study and spend more time with our daughter. I have always heard amazing things about Concordia, so when I saw the job advertised, I thought it would be a good fit; as it turns out, they agreed! While going back to my previous school would have been lovely, Concordia is much more convenient, and I love that it is re-enforcing my spiritual roots.

2. Three words to describe you.

Caring, approachable, organised.

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

I love to challenge the students to try new things, be resilient and problem solve. That look on their face when they have their ‘ah ha!’ moment is so satisfying. Being there to watch them grow and learn is so enlightening, but also being able to help shape them into future leaders through leadership, conflict resolution and guidance is energising.

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

I would like to be able to slow down time. It seems as though time is moving faster and faster with each year that passes, I don’t know if it is an age thing or our lives getting busier. I would slow it down so that we can appreciate the special moments, learn from the hard moments, and celebrate the happy moments without jumping onto the next thing too fast.

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?

  • Grace Kelly
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Dean Martin
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Elvis. 

Yes, I know they are all dead! My mum brought me up watching their movies and playing their music. I’ve always felt like I belonged in the 1950s/60s. That era really fascinates me.