Teachers choose island life

OLIVIA Stevens and Sam Winckel have more than 30 years teaching experience between them and are looking for a new adventure on King Island.

The couple has moved from Hobart with their daughters Violet, who has started in Grade One and Rosa, who is in daycare.

The pair is among three new faces in the King Island District High Schools complement of 48 teaching staff.

Olivia has been teaching for 13 years. She will be teaching Years 7 and 8 and Years 11 and 12 English and Humanities and Social Science (HASS). Sam, originally from Adelaide, will be teaching Art – Prep to Grade 6, and Grade 6 Maths.

He will also be working across the high school classes.

He has been teaching for 20 years and taught art in Hobart for the last seven years.

Having friends on the island and an interest in fishing and body boarding prompted the family to make a change and experience small island life.

Sam has a background in professional photography and drawing is his art specialty but he enjoys working across the curriculum.

Another new face at school is Lyn Dent. She is the new laboratory and science resources technician. Lyn started working in schools about 10 years ago.

Previously she was the laboratory manager for JBS abattoir business.

She worked in the Falkland Islands, was a police officer and worked in biosecurity. “I love islands,” Lyn said.

After a few weeks she has found King to be typical of islands.

She is looking to get an outrigger canoe, enjoys the outdoors and is keen to know more about the drama and shooting clubs.

The three new teachers agreed they had found the King Island community welcoming, and friendly.

KIDHS principal Denise Bryant said the school was looking to expand its Science and increase STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) education.

“It’s a lovely school community, with parents generally involved and value education,” Ms Bryant said.
“Over the past three years, the emphasis has been to engage students.
“We have established outdoor, enrichment, pathways, and specialist option programs.
“These have evolved and in 2022 we are looking to engage students in learning and plan to increase community and student interactions and to continue building and refining Years 11 and 12 pathways.”

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