Chris Wyatt, Master of the Preparatory School
Teachers are often the unsung heroes of the education system, yet they have a great influence on your child’s level of enthusiasm for learning. A passionate teacher’s enthusiasm is infectious and they will engage with students to make learning both enjoyable and effective.
At Trinity Grammar School, we take pride in the quality and dedication of our excellent academic staff. Today our teacher in profile is Chris Wyatt – Master of the Preparatory School.
Chris began his teaching career at Nepean District Christian School, a small Kindergarten to Year 10 school, where he gained an interest in curriculum development. He worked with colleagues to create learning experiences that helped students do more than just achieve academic outcomes – the focus was to help shape the thinking and actions of young people more generally.
Chris spent the seven years that followed at St Paul’s Grammar School, where he continued to hone his skills and explore different methods of engaging with students – his roles varied from class teacher to Stage Leader and eventually Primary Years Programme Coordinator.
In 2011, Chris was appointed Head of Lindfield at Newington College. This appointment was unique as it was a stand-alone campus with a smaller enrolment. “It was a fantastic role and I had the opportunity to get my hands dirty across all areas of school life and leadership,” explains Chris.
Chris has been a workshop leader and site visitor for the International Baccalaureate since 2009. This has allowed him to work with teachers from across the Asia Pacific region and visit a number of schools, keeping him in touch with the great things that other schools are achieving.
Trinity Grammar School offered the position of Master of the Preparatory School to Chris in 2015. “I was very excited to join such a great School and community. I was even more excited to be given the opportunity to work with teachers to see if we could make it even greater!” exclaimed Chris.
When asked about his particular areas of interest, Chris says, “I’m very interested in curriculum and pedagogical development which is understanding how students learn, and how a teacher’s actions and methods influence learning. This is important for dealing with children who, like all of us, are diverse in culture, understanding and disposition.”
“I’m keen to support teachers in creating learning environments that meet them at their point of need and interest, and then help them to move forward,” Chris continued.
While his teaching pedigree is exemplary, we asked Chris some hard hitting questions about his life outside the classroom – here’s a snapshot.
Family members: My wife Michelle, is also a teacher. I have three great children – Georgia in Year 7, Isaac in Year 5 and Ben in Year 2.
Favourite sports teams: Liverpool FC, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Chicago Bulls and, of course, Australia in every sport!
Favourite activities: Running, playing football, going to the beach and hanging out with my family.
Ideal dinner guest: Steven Gerrard (English professional footballer).
Idols as a child: Mainly sportsmen. My favourite when I was growing up was Michael Jordan.
Career aspirations as a child: From as young as I can remember, I’d always wanted to be a teacher.
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