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Mrs Sonya Vickers

Junior Years Teacher

How many years have you been teaching?
28 years

Which subject/s do you teach?
Year 1/2 Teacher

What qualifications do you hold?
Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
Bachelor of Education

Which other subject areas are you interested in? 
Reading
Athletics
Ballet

Why are you passionate about girls education?
I have been fortunate to be involved with two of Queensland's great Anglican all-girls' schools. I boarded at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School in Brisbane for my secondary education, and I have had the privilege of teaching at The Glennie School for the majority of my teaching career. My time at both schools has allowed me to witness the benefits of girls' education and the chance to experience the culture of achievement that a girls' education can provide. I am passionate about instilling in girls the belief that they have enormous potential, and with hard work and commitment, there are no boundaries to what they can achieve in life.

What sets Glennie apart from the other schools?
The Glennie School provides a nurturing environment, combined with a highly personalised and individual approach to each student's education.

What is something others may not know about you?
I have a long family association with Glennie: I have an identical twin sister who is also a teacher. We taught together at Glennie in the 1990s. Our classrooms were adjacent, and we both taught lower primary. I don't remember our students mixing us up, however, the parents were often confused. My extended family has a long association with The Glennie School, with my husband's grandmother boarding at the school in 1918. My three sisters-in-law attended Glennie during the 1980s, and I currently have two nieces attending Glennie in Year 7 and Year 9. Our family has a deep sense of connection to this beautiful school.

Interesting fact: I survived the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Los Angeles in January 1994.

What excites you about teaching?
The unexpected moments of joy experienced in the classroom each day, and the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.  My favourite quote is 
"I may be small, but I matter. Teach me. Love me. Believe in me. Because with your guidance, when I’m all grown up, I’m going to be someone amazing" - Sarah Wheeler

What do you think the future of teaching looks like?
The recent remote learning period gave us a small glimpse into the exciting future of teaching. However, I hope we will always keep 'face to face' teaching at the core of education. The relationship between a teacher and a student is paramount and has a lasting impact on a student's ability to engage with learning and ultimately reach their potential.

What are your professional achievements and roles?
Professional recognition:
Australian College of Education 'Excellence in Education' Award - Darling Downs Regional Group, 1998
Rotary International Toowoomba 'Excellence in Teaching' Award, 1999
The NEiTA Foundation National 'Excellence in Teaching' Award - QLD, 2000

Teaching career:
Dysart State School - Classroom teacher 1990 - 1992
Clermont State School - Classroom teacher 1993 - 1996
The Glennie School - P-3 Coordinator, Senior Teacher, Classroom teacher 1997 - 2000
St Mary's Parish Primary School, Goondiwindi - Classroom teacher 2003 - 2004
St Mary's Parish School, Goondiwindi - Teacher Librarian 2005 - 2007
The Glennie School - Classroom teacher 2008 - present