[Maureen Spencer-Gardner - Recognition of service award, 50 years]
I love getting up and coming to work every day. Making a difference for kids and families. And I love being part of that.
My name’s Maureen Spencer-Gardner and I’ve been teaching for 50 years.
Always wanted to be a teacher. Eldest of a big family, so I was always looking after little ones. I loved school. Had some great relationships with my own teachers in times when, that wasn’t always the case, I guess. So, I always dreamed of being a teacher.
I came to Maribyrnong towards the end of 2008. I thought I had retired… but I missed the school environment. I missed the daily action. Then by the start of the next year I was working here full time as Admissions Officer, and US College Guidance Officer.
[Zac - Year 11]
My name’s Zac Triplett and I play basketball. So, I’ve known Maureen since Year 7, but I actually started working with her in Year 9. Selecting courses and stuff that will allow me to attend NCAA universities. Maureen’s been such a help, like, everywhere, she helps with everything, courses, colleges, also talking to colleges, sending my scripts out to colleges. Also, getting my GPA and stuff up, making sure we maintain that which has been really good, having someone there to help me through the process. So, yeah.
I’ve always loved sport. Played tennis, played netball, before basketball was even known as a women’s sport in Australia. I’m passionate about sport for how it impacts people’s lives and ripples out to everyone around them and it connects them to other people. So, I’ve got this whole network of people, parents and student athletes, through my work. That’s just so enriching.
[Monique - AFLW/ WNBL player]
If I didn’t have someone like you, in your position, helping me through all the college stuff, and making a massive lifetime decision, I’d probably just be really lost. I don’t think I’d be playing two professional sports. Having someone like you helping so many different kids out and helping them achieve their dreams is very special. I think Maribyrnong is really lucky to have someone like you giving back to all those students.
These 50-year teachers like me have worked through some amazing times and still having the passion all that time later is such a gift. And I’m just thankful for it every day.