The Teacher Feature is meant to highlight two of our current teachers. We have an amazingly diverse staff and we encourage you to get to know them!
I currently teach Year 10 History, Year 9, 10 and 11 English, and Challenge…The Next Step to Year 9 girls.
This is my sixth year teaching at Northpine.
My parents are both teachers, so of course I tried to get out of being a teacher for a long time! I studied journalism my first year of college, but after working as a counselor for three years at Big Lake Youth Camp in Oregon, I realized what I really loved was working with teens. My second year I changed colleges and began studying Social Studies Education, which was a much better fit!
I grew up in Vancouver, Washington near Portland, Oregon in the United States. I moved to Australia in 2011 and still miss the cold weather, snowboarding and Portland coffee!
My students know this about me…I hate fans. There’s not supposed to be wind inside!
I would visit New York during the 1920s—women’s suffrage and empowerment, amazing fashion, opulence and jazz—sounds like such a good time!
I finished Jasper Jones at the end of last year and absolutely loved it; I’m so excited for the film to come out!
My mom, Peggy McNabb, inspires me the most. She is a high school teacher who works with parenting and pregnant teens and has inspired many students to finish school and be good parents. Not only does she share her faith through her work in a secular space, but she has also been recognized as Washington State teacher of the year (twice!) and is Nationally Board Certified. She guided me to be the teacher and woman I am today; to be an authentic, strong and genuine Christian woman.
My favourite place, and I believe the most beautiful, is Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon. I’ve spent more days than I can count there, yet every time I go back I am awestruck at how beautiful the mountain and the Oregon landscape is.
Don’t apologize for who you are; God made you unique and for a purpose.
I loved working with the children at church
I’ve taught Prep at Northpine for 20 years (even before the government introduced Prep into primary schools)
Would love to go back to my childhood days in the Mid-north of South Australia – very carefree and fun days as a child.
“Beautiful Failures” is a book about how the quest for success is harming our kids and how the Finnish Government has got it right. It details what makes their schools so successful.
No one person, but many books have inspired me over the years. Books like the Ben Carson Story, books by Robert Schuller, Charles Swindoll, Robert Fulghum and also books about nutrition and well being.
To always “think positively and make the best of any situation.”