College – Issue 40

NEWS & EVENTS Top of the class in leading and learning

After a “roller coaster 12- year journey packed with opportunities”, Melissa Campbell is heading out the College gates, ready for a new educational chapter on the other side of the park. Her years of experience and growth – professionally – will next be applied to her new role as Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. Melissa says she has been very happy in her myriad of College roles – culminating in her “dream job” as Head of Teaching & Learning in the Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research – but feels ready to start a new chapter. And, as a College colleague points out, her latest job description “simply screams you”. “I love being a mentor and coach to colleagues,” Melissa explains. “Those roles speak to everything I am most passionate about. “Learning, for me personally, has always been a mind-blowing kind of experience. It’s so empowering to learn – who wouldn’t want to constantly try to learn? “What really drives me is taking my colleagues on that road with me. It is about enabling them to reflect on what they do – and why they do it.” She welcomes the “huge strides in opportunities to develop as a teacher at College, and the

“ I love being a mentor and coach to colleagues. Those roles speak to everything I ammost passionate about. ” Melissa Campbell

wonderful positive impacts this has on the boys’ learning experiences and wellbeing.” “It’s about invigorating our teachers. I want them to love what they do. And, of course, first and foremost, it’s about the boys, the students and keeping them front and centre and making sure that the

learning experience is meaningful, purposeful, authentic and challenging. “In order to do that, you have to keep thinking and you have to keep reflecting. And you have to keep trying. You have to keep experimenting and evolving professionally.”

Christ’s College Canterbury


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