After 38 years in the classroom, Austinmer Public School’s Debbie Hobbs will retire at the end of this year.
Arguably one of Australia’s most glamorous teachers, Debbie began teaching at Russell Vale then Thirroul before making her home in Austinmer.
Ms Hobbs has been the school’s assistant principal since 2011.
A graduate of UOW, Debbie says her inspiration to teach came from a teacher who inspired her as a 10-year-old.
“I was extremely shy as a child and he was able to make me feel like I could achieve anything that I put my mind to,” she says. “And he instilled in me a love of learning.
“I loved children and throughout my undergraduate degree, with a major in psychology, I became interested in the learning process and the study of challenging behaviours.”
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found a career I have loved for all this time, and I have never considered doing anything else.”
Debbie says while there’s a place for technology as a learning tool, problem-solving skills are crucial as well.
“I don’t think anything will replace a teacher who is passionate, inspirational, cares for their students,” she says. “One who understands how students learn and is able to differentiate their teaching to accommodate everyone’s needs.”
The much-loved educator says she now intends to spend more time with her parents and grandchildren, travelling with her husband, enjoying local walks and catching up with friends.
Former and current students, colleagues and friends are invited to attend a farewell dinner on Friday November 23rd at Headlands Hotel, Austinmer.
Tickets are available at www.trybooking.com/YIUO