Diverse careers allow Peter to live fulfilling life
I HAVE been a teacher at Kepnock State School since 2014.
I was actually a student there and graduated in 1999. I did my university in Bundaberg and moved out to Roma in 2005 for two years and then got a permanent position in a small town called Surat, which is about 80km south of Roma.
I spent seven years there.
Out west, because I was there for so long, I saw kids transition from the start of their schooling life, at five years old, to grade 7, the start of their high school years.
That was a big thing - to see them grow into young people.
My first class in Surat were grade six students and by the time I left, they were finishing school. The progression from a 12-year-old child to a 17-year-old young adult was something really nice to see and to be a part of.
Living out west, you tend to get involved with the community a lot and that's when I joined the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, which is what I also do in Bundaberg now.
I love the job - you can see people at their best and you see people at their worst. It is about helping each other.
An experience that sticks out most in my mind was from the period of time when I was living out west. A boy I knew who was eight at the time was riding his motorbike and fell off.
When I got called there, he was unconscious and his dad was performing CPR. I took over and kept him alive until the CareFlight helicopter got there.
He ended up passing away. That's certainly something I won't ever forget.
Now that I am in Bundaberg, I juggle teacher life, family life and I work for the QFES when I am available.
At Kepnock I am Head of Maths so I oversee all of the maths classes from grade seven to grade 12 and make sure things are being taught correctly, kids are in class behaving and learning.
There are always challenges being a teacher.
Every teacher is going to say behaviour is a problem and there are those problems around but I find Kepnock to be a really good school.
I think it has a perception that it is a rough school but from my own experience, it really isn't.
What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to guide kids onto the right path.
I like to think that some part of my values that I hold have stuck with the kids that I teach.
My advice to students who will soon be graduating school would be to have a dream, stick to it and have a plan to get there.
Don't worry about what others think, just make sure you know what you want. .