Gladstone South State School teacher Donna Newberry (Year 1 and 2) and teacher aide Anna Thomas wouldn't trade their job for the world.
Gladstone South State School teacher Donna Newberry (Year 1 and 2) and teacher aide Anna Thomas wouldn't trade their job for the world. Laura McKee

Gladstone South teacher still loves job after 26 years

YEAR 1 and 2 teacher Donna Newberry is almost part of the furniture at Gladstone South State School.

Mrs Newberry has been at the school for 26 years and her love for teaching hasn't wavered.

"I've been here for my whole teaching career," she said.

"I love being part of the learning and educational journey of children."

She said witnessing that "lightbulb moment" in her students was the best feeling.

"It's the ultimate part of teaching," she said.

Mrs Newberry has taught generations of families, getting a buzz when she has taught a student's parent.

She said the biggest change to education over the years was technology.

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"When I started I had blackboard and chalk and that's it.

"Now we have an interactive whiteboard and iPads," Mrs Newberry said.

"I have an FM hearing system for one of our students, Brock, who has a hearing impairment.

"I have more interaction with kids who have special needs."

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Mrs Newberry said she used a whiteboard, blackboard and the flash interactive whiteboard when teaching.

"It's a new skill for me, I am learning with the kids," she said.

Mrs Newberry said she also loved seeing young teachers come through.

Anna Thomas has been at Gladstone South for three years. Mrs Newberry taught Miss Thomas's sister.

"I started three years ago and I teach Year 2 and 4," she said.

"I went to the school, starting in 1995. My mum works here, too."

Miss Thomas is a teacher aide and loves dealing with children.

"Kids are real and they don't hold back with anything."

She said South State still had the same feel to it but there were some significant changes.

"We have Prep kids now and there are no Year 7s," she said. "The library has been updated and we have a hall now.

"But it's still the same, awesome school it was back then."



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