Jo Messer

St Virgil’s College Deputy Head of Junior School, Jo Messer, is familiar with the benefits of Catholic education, having taught in the Catholic system in both Tasmania and Western Australia since 1988.

“I enjoy the sense of belonging to a community that is passionate about educating the children in our care.”

“Also the sense of being a part of one big family from teaching staff, admin staff, parents and family members across all Catholic schools.”

When reflecting on the joys of her chosen profession from the past 25 years, Mrs Messer notes it is often the little things that can make an impact.

“The smiles on the children’s faces, the learning that takes place and even bumping into children years later that you have taught and they stop say hello and have a conversation. I love catching up with students I have taught and gain a real buzz particularly when I see some of them now teaching!”

“Classrooms are a more engaging environment and teachers are making learning fun and more interesting. I love the way we are constantly reflecting on how, what and why we teach.”

“The highlight of my 25 years would have to be the rewards of seeing all the children I have taught to not only be successful but follow their chosen career path and know that is some small way, I have contributed to that.”

“Also to see my own children have the opportunity to be educated in the Catholic system in Tasmania. Having my daughter educated at St Mary's College from Prep right through to Year 12 is a particular highlight and my seeing my son be able to be educated in all boys Catholic environment through to Year 10 at St Virgil's College.”