La Salle College iCentre Coordinator Ms Carmel White was recently acknowledged and celebrated at the Catholic Education Staff Breakfast for her incredible 40 years of service. Here are some insights from Carmel about being acknowledged, the many roles she has held over four decades and how students continue to inspire her work.
It feels as though I hardly know where the time has gone. I certainly didn’t set out with the goal of teaching for more than 40 years. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and gratitude for the opportunities I have had during my career.
I really love the connection with other people, students, colleagues and parents. I am passionate about working with young people in a variety of circumstances to develop skills to build confidence in their abilities to achieve success in all sorts of situations.
I trained as a primary teacher. I have worked in primary, K-12 and secondary schools in Western Australia as well as the Middle East. I have been an Assistant Principal and what used to be known as a Year Coordinator. I did further study to complete a qualification in teacher librarianship. I have managed school libraries for around ten years now and absolutely love this field.
Students inspire me with their resilience. I have seen so many young people dealing with all manner of challenging situations and yet still turn up, day after day, and continue to be engaged in learning. They also inspire me with their sense of humour and the way they are willing to build capacity across the different aspects of their lives, not just educational.
It is a privilege for me to be a teacher. I like to think that I am willing to continue to learn, keep an open mind and value the opportunities I have received.
On behalf of our school community, we say thank you Carmel, thank you for your service and dedication to education and for everything you do in your current role to inspire and engage our students to be lifelong learners.
Pictured with Carmel is Mr Peter Elloy who was also formally acknowledged at the breakfast for his 50 years’ service achieved last year.