New challenges and a desire to serve a community that values education were the main reasons OneSchool’s new Director of Studies – Victoria, Pauline Malkoun, took up the role at the beginning of Term 3 in July.
Pauline is passionate about education and has been intrinsically involved in not only teaching, but peripheral aspects, such as being an assessor for the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) covering English language, Psychology, National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the General Achievement Test (GAT).
Pauline’s previous role was as a teacher at Parade College where she taught Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) Psychology and English Language, as well as Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Having a special interest in literacy, one of Pauline’s proudest achievements was facilitating Parade College’s focus on the teaching of literacy across all subject areas, which saw the college’s NAPLAN results rise above the state average in the writing component.
What does Pauline see herself bringing to the role? “A fresh perspective and teaching experience, lots of enthusiasm, a genuine belief that education is the way forward, and an understanding that addressing all student needs is key to shaping suitable learning experiences/programs,” she says.
Variety is also a key component to the position, and Pauline will have her hands full with an eclectic range of duties. “I’ll be managing curriculum matters, including subject selection, booklists, exams, etc, as well as managing and supporting the Head of Department team,” she says. “Part of my job will also include facilitating all correspondence with VCAA, as well as data input into Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS). The travel to the various school sites is an added bonus, which keeps things interesting."
There are many aspects of the role that Pauline will find challenging, but most of all she is excited about the direction in which OneSchool is headed.
“[I’m excited about] the national and international alignment of OneSchool and the impact this will have on the day-to-day running of school sites, and the possibilities that open up as a result of this global network,” says Pauline. “And most importantly, supporting and working with young people to help them learn to cope and thrive in this constantly evolving society while standing firm in their beliefs.”