You probably know Mrs Story best for her funky rockabilly dresses and propensity to dress like a bright red Tinkerbell at every school carnival. When she’s not doing that, you’ll find her teaching History and also coordinating our Junior Secondary Pastoral Care.
How long have you worked at ICS? What did you do before you came here?
I’ve been working at ICS since 2012 when I came on a three term maternity leave contract. I thought it might be a bit of fun and ended up staying. Before ICS, I worked in Sydney at Northern Beaches Christian School and Tyndale Christian School. Prior to that I worked as the Worship Pastor at Figtree Anglican Church.
Tell us about yourself as a student. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I know this will surprise you all but I. Did. Not. Shut. Up. Every report card I ever received has ‘Megan talks too much’ somewhere within it. I really enjoyed going to school. I had fun friends, some pretty great teachers and I loved all things extracurricular—excursions, camps, drama, sport, carnivals—basically anything that meant we got to hang out with our friends. My teachers weren’t that surprised when I became a teacher—and I know this because I saw them all when I went back to my old high school for my final teaching prac! It was very weird going from calling them Mr and Mrs to using their first names. When I was young I wanted to be an air hostess so I could travel the world.
Tell us about what a perfect day would look like for you. If money (and reality!) was no object, how would you spend your time?
Perfect day—wandering the streets of an Italian coastal village, exploring little shops, pausing for pastry and coffee and then swimming in the sea before reading a book under an umbrella for the afternoon.
What was your first job?
My first job was at KFC Dapto. Best thing about it was being able to take home the leftover chicken at the end of the late shift. I still love a sneaky bacon and cheese Zinger burger.
What is it about teaching that you find most rewarding? What’s something that you find challenging?
I really love school! I love to see our students hanging out together, having fun, working out who they’re going to be when they leave this place. The part of my job I love most is also the most challenging. I really love spending time with students when things haven’t gone to plan, working through with them how they might have handled things differently, what they would try and do next time etc. I love being able to watch them having a go at difficult things and cheering them on as they do it and helping them to learn how to grow through our ‘mistakes’ rather than be defined by them.
What’s one thing that your students and their families would be surprised to discover about you?
I do have a lot of ‘guilty pleasures’ (tv, movies, floral frocks, travel, food etc) but I also have no filter so everyone already knows about them!