Q&A with Flinders Prep Teacher Amy Cahill

Flinders' Quality Staff Team

Employing quality teachers and operational staff at Matthew Flinders Anglican College is part of our mission as one of Queensland's leading independent schools.

Amy Cahill joined our Junior Primary School in 2020 as a Preparatory Teacher. Amy not only brings her kind, calm and creative ways but also her passion for dance and the creative arts.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Amy and what she aims to contribute to our College and our students' learning.

A Q&A with Flinders Prep Teacher, Ms Amy Cahill

Why did you choose teaching as a career?
I enjoy being a teacher and find the role hugely rewarding. As teachers, we have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in a student’s life, to walk alongside them as they explore, imagine, discover and create their path.

How do you intend to support and guide the students at Flinders? 
I am excited to share my love of teaching and learning as well as bring creative ways of thinking into the Flinders community. My passion is for the creative arts, specifically Dance, having been a dancer for most of my life. I am excited to lead a co-curricular dance program at Flinders where all students have the opportunity to learn, engage and develop in this art form.

Please share your career experience and education interests.
I have worked as a classroom teacher for the past five years across year levels from Prep to Year 6 as well as within secondary school settings. My experience also includes directing and producing many musicals as well as facilitating a competitive co-curricular dance team. Prior to my teaching career, I taught dance lessons after learning dance from a very young age.

What do you enjoy about living on the Sunshine Coast?

I love the Sunshine Coast! It's wonderful to live by the water and be able to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle.

What do you enjoy about working in a school community?
A school community is such an energising environment. From dynamic conversations with like-minded colleagues to the daily entertaining stories from students - no day is ever the same. As adults, there is so much to be learnt from the inquisitive, excitable and joyous nature of children. A school community is a unique and special place to be every day.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Have courage and be kind.

Who gave you the advice and how has it helped you to grow as a person? 

This quote comes from one of my favourite childhood fairy tales, ‘Cinderella’, a story my parents read to me countless times. To me, courage is the ability to have the confidence in yourself and to face your fears. It takes daily acts of courage to move onwards and upwards, despite what life throws at you.

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