Peter Crossett was amongst the first cohort of teaching students to study at Deakin University, and remembers fondly the lifelong friends he made and the OWeek festivities.
Interview with Peter Crossett
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
We went from SCV-Geelong Teachers College to Deakin University in our last (third) year. We had some lectures at Waurn Ponds and were invited to the OWeek festivities. Midnight Oil played in the new courtyard - sensational! The library was huge and we got lost trying to find tutorial rooms. It was a big transition.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
Since 1978 I have been a career teacher, assistant principal and principal of primary schools all over Victoria. I completed my Bachelor of Education through Deakin in 1990 after several failed attempts (lifestyle got in the way). I started my teaching career at Ocean Grove, then MyrtleFord, Wedge Park, Whittington, Yea, Ballarat Forest St PS, Westmere, Balliang, Manifold Heights, and I was principal at Barwon Heads PS (11 years) and am currently the principal at Fyans Park PS (9 years).
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
A good network of colleagues and mentors - some based from those early days at university.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
I wanted to be primary teacher from when I was in grade six at Montpellier Primary School. My teacher inspired me through the things he taught us and the way he made us feel important. School was great fun.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Remember that teaching is more than a job - it's a vocation and requires lots of extra time to keep on top of. It's very rewarding though.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
I met lifelong friends at university who have shared my journey as a teaching professional.
What are your passions outside your work?
Golf, reading and the mighty Geelong Cats!
How would someone describe you?
A genuine, passionate Geelong Cats supporter.
Is there any advice you would give to a person who is starting out in your career?
Don't let all the accountabilities get in the way of your main focus - working to help students be their best. That's where the fun is.