Staff Spotlight is a series of posts designed to introduce you to some of the key figures of the Fremantle College staff tasked with guiding students, staff and the community at this exciting time in the college’s creation. This week we meet our latest addition to the leadership team, Mathew Burt, who has joined us as Associate Principal for Term 4 while Mark Jeffery takes on the role of Principal at South Fremantle Senior High School for the remainder of the year.
Mathew has been teaching in the public education sector for over 18 years. His career in education began in the 1990s at Hampton Senior High School as a Business and IT Teacher, followed by stints at Merredin Senior High School and Warnbro Community High School. He then took on various leadership roles at Rossmoyne Senior High School and Atwell College, and most recently was the acting Principal at Como Secondary College.
What has been your career highlight as a teacher so far?
I am inspired each and every time I meet with a former student who has gone on to achieve their dreams and aspirations after leaving school. It is a great motivator for me and a highlight of being an educator.
What are you most looking forward to about starting at the new Fremantle College?
Being involved in the setup of a new school that will give students in Fremantle a great range of opportunities to engage in innovative educational programs.
Which Fremantle College value (Enthusiasm for Learning, Curiosity, Leadership, Kindness, Perseverance) resonates most with you and why?
Enthusiasm for learning, as I see myself as a lifelong learner always interested in developing my skill set and broadening my horizons.
In three words, describe what a Fremantle College student can look forward to in your class next year.
Opportunity, challenge and care.
Outside of school life, what are your greatest achievement or favourite activities?
Marrying my wife and fathering my two beautiful children.