New Teacher Profile – Sally Willmett

We are very excited to welcome a new staff member to BIS. Sally is going to be the new Penguins’ teacher as Richelle moves into the lead teacher role for our new Otters group. Sally has already thrown herself into the philosophy, helping out with our new Literacy direction.

Sally graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary).  After teaching out west in St George for four years, Sally decided to move to the UK “for a year”, working as a guaranteed supply teacher in London schools.  Well and truly bitten by the travel bug, the year turned into two, and soon Sally found herself with a soon-to-be-expired UK Visa, and no desire to return to Australia just yet!  As such, she found a job as an ESL teacher for children at a school in Budapest.  After a year of only teaching English, she craved the primary classroom again, and luckily secured a position in the Early Years at the British International School, Budapest.  The Early Years team at BISB was inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education, resulting in Sally’s attendance at a study week in the town of Reggio Emilia in 2015.

After returning home at the end of 2015, Sally was teaching at a state school in north Brisbane, and immediately found herself disheartened by many of the changes that had occurred in the Australian Education system during her time overseas.  So when the opportunity to teach at BIS arose, Sally was very eager to apply, and thrilled to be offered the position.  She believes that schools must offer learning experiences to students that are meaningful, motivating and challenging, and which respond not only to the Curriculum, but – most importantly – to each child’s needs and interests, and those of the class as a cohort.  Sally is looking forward to the opportunity to further her teaching practice through learning about and implementing the Integral framework at BIS.  She is very excited to be a part of the BIS community.

Q&A to get to know you better

What is your most exciting memory?

I am very lucky to have had many amazing experiences in my life, leading to many treasured memories.  One such memory is when I travelled to Tromso in Northern Norway with a group of friends to see the Northern Lights.  Having already failed to catch the lights on a previous trip to Iceland, I was so overwhelmed when we finally saw them dancing across the sky – I was so lucky to be witnessing this natural phenomenon in an amazing part of the world, surrounded by some of my favourite people!

Another treasured moment is when I arrived home late last year, arriving from London with my brother and sister-in-law and their baby to surprise my parents… they were so happy to have their whole family together again after many years, and to meet their grandson!

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Not to sound like Aretha Franklin, but I think we need more respect in the world.  An increase in the amount of respect that everyone has for themselves, other people and the environment would lead to more harmony and happiness… and I think this comes through education, and being life-long learners.

Imagine you are part of a pioneering crew setting up a colony on Mars. You can only take one 5 personal items with you as space is limited, what would you take?

  • A pencil and paper/book
  • A harmonica (not that I can play one, but i’d learn beforehand)
  • Ugg boots
  • A tub of Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment
  • A camera (solar powered, obviously)

 What is your favourite song/artwork/dance/movie or book?

  • WAY too many to name just one.

Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself with us Sally! Welcome to BIS.