Meet Branch Councillor Leanne Clifford – a teacher at Clarendon Vale Primary.

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.

Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere near the bush or the beach with wine and great company included.

What made you become a teacher? I loved spending the time with my own children and delighted in their learning experiences. It is truly amazing to see children learn and to see how much they change over a year. I like that teaching has evolved and continues to change and ensures that educators adapt.

What’s something that couldn’t you live without? My family: they are my most amazing achievement. As a kid, I would never have thought that I could ever have such a loving and supportive family.

When you’re not at school, where can you be found? Eating and drinking with friends or family, running, reading a book, following my sons’ hockey games, on my computer either catching up on ABC iView or SBS On Demand or…like most teachers… planning.

 Are you a reader? If so, what are you currently reading? I have just purchased Sheena Cameron’s The Oral Language Book to use in class and for leisure I am reading John Grogan’s The Longest Trip Home and I am reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss to my class.

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you eat? First of all, I would invite Jamie Oliver so he could cook! I would invite all the funny people in my life so that dinner was fun, hectic, filled with laughter and…loud.

What’s something you’re looking forward to? Further travel with my husband, watching my granddaughters grow and perhaps awaiting new grandchildren.

Why did you become a Councillor? I am a staunch supporter of public education. I love being an advocate for some of our most vulnerable children. I became a Councillor to surround myself with people of the same ilk and to continue fighting for better funding and better representation of our members. I want to be involved in decisions that affect and promote our profession and leads us into a more positive future.

What is it about working with kids that gets you out of bed each morning? That no matter how much planning I do or how many hours I sit up hovering over my computer, I can never predict how the day will go.  I love watching students interact with others, but most of all I love when they are learning and they appreciate the honest and positive feedback that is given. I particularly enjoy learning new things and stretching myself by trying new things in class. I am proud to work with our future generations and to ensure every child is able to reach their full potential in an inclusive and vibrant classroom. As an educator we all look for the ‘light bulb’ moment/s that keep us motivated and connected.