Claire Bugg, a teacher at Huonville High, is a member of Branch Council and Executive. Let’s meet Claire…

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 Claire.

Favourite holiday destination?

A bit hard to say because I haven’t been to everywhere on my list! In Tasmania, it would be Binalong Bay on the East Coast. However, I’m busting to get back to the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley in South Australia

What made you become a teacher?

I was sick of sitting in an office all day just answering telephones, doing data entry and photo copying (now I don’t get time to do any of those things)! I had always had teaching in the back of my mind going through Uni ten years ago, but I had somewhat of an epiphany during 2010 when I realised I wanted to share my love for learning with young people. Hence, I craved the opportunity to give back to the public education system as it gave so much to me as a student.

What’s something that you couldn’t live without?

My Moleskine daily diary – I would forget everything!

Thinking about your workplace, if you had a magic wand what would you wish for?

More resources to be able to support our students with additional needs, class sizes capped at 15…where do I stop! I’m really lucky my colleagues are a wealth of knowledge and support though.

When you’re not at school, where can you be found?

At my house, the beach when it is warm enough, or at a local café.

Are you a reader? If so, what are you currently reading?

Oh yes, I’m one of those readers who is reading twenty books at once. Sometimes it takes three months to read something because I’m too busy multi-tasking. I’m currently trying to spend more time reading The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan.

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you eat?

My cooking idols, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. We would eat antipasto and cured meats, a smorgasbord of Tasmanian produce (including Tasmanian salmon) and then my signature dark chocolate pretzel brownie with raspberry coulis and Chantilly cream – all matched with cool climate wines from Tasmania.

What’s something you’re looking forward to?

I am looking forward to being made a permanent DoE teacher at the end of the year and hopefully going to New York for a well-deserved overseas trip, in the next year or so – aiming for the long summer break. I’m also looking forward to purchasing my first home when I have my permanency.

Why did you become a Branch Councillor?

I was concerned about the lack of relief teachers and fixed-term teachers on Council and Executive, as well as the small number of new educators. I couldn’t stand by and watch others make decisions on my behalf – I wanted to be part of the decision making process and encourage new educators in particular to step up and join us. Also, being a voice for those people who are too busy or don’t feel comfortable in doing so.

What is it about working with kids that gets you out of bed each morning?

Knowing you are playing your role in the improvement of society generally and helping young people to develop the skills, both academic and social, to be an active member of their community going forward.