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Staff Profile – Michelle LucasPosted in College Community,Staff Profile on Friday, 31 May, 2019

Tell us about your family:
I have been blissfully married to my husband Aaron for 23 years. We have twin daughters Rachael and Melanie who both graduated from MCC in 2018. I have two dogs, Kath (Kim recently passed away) and we just adopted Arnie. When we moved from Manjimup in 2007, Aaron started University. He now works at the City of Mandurah as a Town Planner. My daughter Rachael is studying to be a Primary teacher at ECU and Melanie is studying at Curtin university Psychology and human resources. Kath and Arnie are just spoilt dogs!

What about your education:
I have a Bachelor of Education in Business/Social Science and Religion from ECU. A partial Masters at Notre Dame. I have a Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Certificate I in Furniture making and Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational pathways. I am also a swimming technical official and C Badged netball umpire.

Tell us about your history with MCC:
Started in 2007 as the VET Coordinator, 13 years later I am the Head of Vocational Education and Training…same same but different.

What did you do before MCC?
I worked as a teacher at Kearnan College in Manjimup for 15 years. Before that I worked at Hungry Jacks and a swimming teacher.

What is the single most important thing you learnt in school?
School does not define who you are or who you will become. Just be yourself! Be involved and take every opportunity.

What do you in the community?
I am passionate about community involvement. I have been involved in Relay for Life; committee for Peel Aquatic; managed, coached and umpired netball teams; coached basketball. I get involved in any fundraiser for Cancer research. Recently I have started getting involved in Coastal Waste Warriors. My Mum and Dad were great role models and I have always been encouraged to be involved.

Tell us about your passion:
I am passionate about my family and friends, being a teacher, Peel Aquatic Club, the Fremantle Dockers and Mandurah. I have been a teacher for 28 years and I love my job! I have also been a member of the Fremantle Dockers for a long time…hopefully we will win a premiership soon!!?? I love living in Mandurah, we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

What are you listening to/ watching/ reading right now?
I am a reality tragic!! I love 24 Hours in Emergency, Insight, Michael Moseley Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Employable Me, Married at First Sight (Sad I know!!) and football. I love reading anything by Maggie Dent, Employment reports/studies, and Facebook. My favourite book and series is Anne of Green Gables. I love listening to Nova and 6PR pre and post-football radio comments.

What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievements are staying married, my children and being a teacher.

What do you love about our College?
The MCC Community. I love my students, colleagues, parents and the general community. We celebrate achievements, but we also become strong and united during times of sadness and loss.

What are your plans for the future?
I love MCC and I hope I can continue to work here. I am keen to keep making education and training relevant to our students. I want to be innovative and provide our students new and exciting opportunities. I would also like to do some travel and start doing activities that interest me.

What is your favourite MCC memory and why?
Emma Stanborough coming to the Year 12 breakfast as Sharon from Kath and Kim. I could not stop laughing. I have had the pleasure of teaching and meeting some magnificent people. I have lots of wonderful memories.

One way you hope to impact the College in the future:
By setting up a Vocational Education and Training program that is relevant to our students. I hope this will make our students productive community members.

Sum up your life right now in five (5) words:
I love what I do!