Varied backgrounds enhance Oxley

Jason Simpson, Catherine Dober, Alex Hayman, Justine Lind, Christina Landrigan and Rebecca Liberto are new staff at Oxley College. Inset: Christpohe Gauchat .	 Photo by Emma Biscoe

Jason Simpson, Catherine Dober, Alex Hayman, Justine Lind, Christina Landrigan and Rebecca Liberto are new staff at Oxley College. Inset: Christpohe Gauchat . Photo by Emma Biscoe

Christpohe Gauchat . Photo by Emma Biscoe

Christpohe Gauchat . Photo by Emma Biscoe

OXLEY College has welcomed seven new teachers this year, three of them in newly created roles.

Rebecca Liberto is the Year 12 academic master as well as an English teacher, Jason Simpson is the legal studies teacher, a subject introduced into the curriculum at Oxley and Justine Lind is the head of K-6.

Alex Hayman is the new English teacher, Christina Landrigan will teach Year 2, Christophe Guachat is the humanities and senior economics teacher and Catherine Dobner is head of mathematics.

Ms Liberto has spent the last 12 years teaching senior English at Sydney Grammar School and has more than 20 years experience.

"Year 12 is my favourite year group as it's an important time in their lives," she said.

Mr Hayman has spent the last four years teaching English at Sydney Boys High School. He is committed to invigorating, high standard English classes.

Mr Simpson worked for just over 12 years as a litigation lawyer before he stopped practicing in 2008 to become a teacher.

"I always wanted to be a teacher but I had the marks and I was young and full of idealism and vision so I did a law degree," Mr Simpson said.

"Before I knew it 13 years had gone by and I was disillusioned and unhappy. Teaching changed everything and it is ever-expanding."

Mr Gauchat has spent the last seven years teaching at Cranbrook School and was glad to make the move to the Highlands with his wife, Sarah.

"We both have family here and this is a great place to raise a family. We both knew Michael (principal) from Cranbrook and we're excited about where Oxley is going," he said.

Ms Dobner taught at Frensham and Scots College before joining the team at Oxley. Twelve years ago she was also Head of Mathematics at MacKillop Catholic College in the ACT.

Ms Lind was the co-ordinator of the Preparatory School's Honours Program at Scots College in Sydney and is just about to complete a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Ms Landrigan has recently moved to the Southern Highlands with her young family. She has taught for 16 years and moved to the area 18 months ago.

She has been casually teaching and is excited to be back in the classroom.

"It's nice to reconnect and be part of the progress. It's been fun setting up the classroom," Ms Landrigan said.

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