Teacher / Staff Q and A

Jessica Alger, Deputy Principal – Students.

Can you give us a brief description of your position?

My position is centered around wellbeing of all students at De La Salle. My role involves ensuring that staff, students and their parents have the information, support and structures available to learn and teach in an environment that promotes healthy people – in body and in mind.

How long have you taught at De La Salle?

One year and four months, and I’ve loved every minute.

Can you tell us something special about teaching at De La Salle?

It truly is a community, a space where people care for and about each other very deeply and genuinely. A small example of this is the way the students say ‘Thanks Miss’ on the way out of each lesson. They do it naturally, and without prompting. It’s kind, respectful and appreciated by teachers.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

At the moment I am watching ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix, and it has reignited my admiration for Michael Jordan. A phenomenal sportsperson, but, more importantly, a man who knew the importance of his team, of working with others, of putting in effort in order to improve, and staying humble.

Do you have any pets? Can you share a picture?

I have a cat named Brian. She is 13.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be all sorts of things – a nurse, a firefighter, a shopkeeper. Very glad I found teaching as I am not sure how good I would have been at those!

Which is your House and who do you support in the AFL?

I am in Leo’s House, and I support Hawthorn in the AFL.

Mark Gustincic, Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Can you give us a brief description of your position?

I’m responsible for the learning and teaching that happens at the College. A lot of my work is with other College leaders and the teachers, working out the best ways for classes to operate and learning to happen for students from Year 5 to Year 12.

How long have you taught at De La Salle?

I joined De La Salle in 2013.

Can you tell us something special about teaching at De La Salle?

The students are fantastic young men – clever, personable and fun to be around. I really enjoy teaching Media at De La Salle. I’m so often impressed by the creativity and insight of my students.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

Anyone currently working in health, aged care or education. Everyone’s normal way of being has been turned upside down with the onset of COVID‐19. I’ve witnessed genuine heroism and selflessness from people working in these fields in recent weeks.

Do you have any pets? Can you share a picture?

A cat. Her name is Niffy. She’s 14. It’s a love‐hate relationship, as they sometimes are with cats!

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a small child, either a scientist or Evel Knievel.

Which is your House and who do you support in the AFL?

Austins. Bombers.

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