When Branch Councillors come together and make decisions – what they say goes! We thought you should get to know them better. Today we talk to Dean Folks…

Branch Council’s collective decisions reign supreme so it’s a good idea you get to know your local Councillor. Branch Council meets each Term to debate, discuss and endorse policy. Councillors represent you so you’re strongly encouraged to share your views, ideas and proposals for motions with them.

Let’s meet Dean Folks, from Latrobe Primary School.

Current workplace: Very recently retired and now an AEU Relief member (and I remain on Council). My last workplace was Latrobe Primary School.

Previous two workplaces: East Devonport Primary School and Westbury/Bracknell Primary Schools.

Three things you didn’t know about when you started teaching? I didn’t know who the three most important people in the school were, and the ones to keep on side!  They are the lady in the front office, the cleaner, teacher assistants

Do you have a favourite place? Sqeeking Point, near Port Sorell, when the tide is high.

How did you get into education? It seemed like a good idea at the time. I started my Dip. Ed. doing Secondary Education but after two or three days changed to Early Childhood.

What couldn’t you live without? Couldn’t live without the ability to see and hear.

What are your three favourite things?

  1. A good scallop pie.
  2. My Gretch “Alligator” resonator guitar.
  3. Feeling the warmth of the sun and breathing fresh air and hearing a magpie song.

Thinking about your workplace, if you had a magic wand what would you wish for? I would wish for a federal government commitment to the Full Gonski so that children get the extra resources they need.

Why union? The union is always there to help me on both an individual and broader group level. The Union exists for the enhancement of members’ conditions and the improvement of Public Education. Why wouldn’t you be Union?  Solidarity and unity are key to belonging to the Union.

How do you like to wind down and relax? Paddling my kayak, walking on the beach, reading.

Are you a reader? If so, what are you currently reading? currently reading THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell (Wallander series), I like a bit of Nordic noir.

What’s a defining moment in your life?

  1. Meeting Chad Morgan while working at East Devonport.                            
  2. Meeting Andria

Give us a tip about dealing with kids. Enjoy being in their company; take them seriously; when you earn their trust don’t give them reason  to feel let down; have fun; laugh; don’t be afraid to let them see your inner child.

Who inspires you? My brother and Mrs Van der Weyden, my grade 11 English teacher.

Why did you become a Councillor?  Interest in becoming more involved in the Union at a level above work place Rep. Both with Council and Executive it has been gratifying to be part of setting and implementing the agenda for the benefit of members.

What is it about working with kids that gets you out of bed each morning? My time at Latrobe has involved working with children with high needs, music (singing) with early childhood classes and the   Launching Into Learning Music Programme. Best job in the school….who wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning for that?

What do you daydream about?
What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreaming boy
I’m involved in a sweet dream
Dreamin ’bout my bundle of joy