In this edition of Meet the Team we introduce you to Brianna Metagesha, our Primary Visual Arts Teacher/Teacher Librarian at Mt Ridley.
Brianna began working at Hume Anglican Grammar in 2014. She had just moved home to Australia after living and teaching overseas at international schools in Ethiopia and Namibia. Brianna has taught many year levels.
In 2023, after returning from parenting leave, Brianna had the exciting opportunity to work as a Specialist Teacher in the Visual Arts Team. Brianna embraced this opportunity to combine her creativity and love of art and craft with her teaching. “I have enjoyed seeing the school grow and change in so many positive ways.”
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗮𝗿?
I feel really fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience such a wide variety of teaching environments within the one school. I’ve been able to use my broad range of skills to support and educate students in a number of areas, from Health to Performing Arts, from Science to Literacy and from Physical Education to Inquiry, to mention just a few.
Some of the most enjoyable and unique experiences included leading the Prep Ballet Co-Curricular group, playing flute in the Staff Band for Hairspray and The Addams Family musicals, and teaching Japanese to Years 3 - 6 in a past iteration of the language program.
Along with professional growth and leadership opportunities, what I like about Hume Anglican Grammar is the collaborative work environment and the opportunity to make some lifelong friends. It is a special community. Also, my involvement with the School goes beyond that of being a member of staff, as this year with my daughter commencing Prep I also became a parent of a child attending the school.
𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻?
I’m very excited to be transitioning to teaching in the School Library in 2024. I can’t wait to be able to share my love of literature and reading with Prep – Year 12 students. This term I’ve been involved in a lot of planning and preparation with the Library team to ensure we deliver a great program teaching research skills alongside a love of reading.
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆?
As a student I was lucky to have had a number of fantastic teachers, both at primary and high school levels. I’ve tried to adopt elements of their personality and teaching styles to improve my own teaching. I also have many colleagues who continually encourage and inspire me with their imaginative and engaging teaching ideas.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲?
Creative or organised.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲, 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲?
I have a passion for reading and writing, in particular children’s stories. I would love to have dinner with Alison Lester, the amazing Australian children’s author and illustrator so that I could engage her in conversation about her inspirations, life experiences, and passion for working with Indigenous communities.
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝘁?
New York or Egypt.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
I love to study! I have a Masters in International and Community Development and am currently undertaking a Masters in Teacher Librarianship.