“PRACE is dynamic – it’s surprising, it’s exciting and there is always an interesting project happening” says EAL teacher Christina Kingston.
Christina joined our teaching team this year, bringing over 14 years experience teaching EAL across Melbourne’s north and inner-west. We caught up with her to find out how she is finding life at PRACE.
“PRACE is a warm and welcoming place – there’s always a smile on peoples faces” says Christina.
When asked what makes PRACE different to other schools, Christina is quick to mention the level of support given to students by teachers, office staff and social welfare staff.
“At PRACE, staff understand the barriers students face when returning to study. It can be very challenging. Students are not made to feel guilty or bad if they miss class. Instead we tell them we miss them and ask ‘are you ok?’.
The facilities have also impressed her, particularly the student lounge, kitchen and library.
“PRACE provides a large social space for students, so they can meet students in other classes and socialise. It’s important – I believe students keep coming to class when they have a friend” she says.
Technology plays a big role in our classrooms and Christina has found having class tablets, smart screens and computers.
“The IT is cutting edge. We are constantly encouraged to learn new systems and use technology to improve teaching tasks, communication and admin tasks. It certainly keeps the job interesting” she describes.