Kate McKenzie
Kate McKenzie
Acting Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning

I began my teaching career at Aspley State high School in 1991, which was the same year I was married. I made the move to Grace Lutheran College in 1994 and 1995 where I took on a teaching position in the Performing Arts department as a Drama and Dance Teacher. After a 4 year family break I returned to Grace College in the Year 2000 as a Part-time teacher.

During my time at Grace I have had numerous opportunities to challenge myself professionally, moving through a number of roles; Head of Performing Arts (Co-curricular), Acting Year 8 Coordinator and then Year 10 Coordinator and GOOGA Liaison Officer.

I was excited to accept the Head of Middle School position in 2011, feeling led by God to encourage early adolescents to be confident and passionate learners. I believe all children have a right to be children, to succeed, to make mistakes, to sit in the muddiness of life as they explore their passions in a safe and caring environment that assists in preparing them for the world they will one day enter as adults. I get great joy out of walking the journey with our young people and their families as we together celebrates all that encompasses what it means to be an early adolescent.

I have studied at a number of Tertiary institutions, completing my undergraduate degree Dip.Ed and B.Ed., at (QUT Kelvin Grove). In my quest to assist young people work through the stumbling blocks in life, I went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counselling at ACU in 2009 and have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership through ACU and ALC. Each opportunity for further learning has stretched me as a teacher and educational leader and has continued to convince me of how important it is for teachers to be lead learners if they are indeed to encourage students to become lifelong learners.

As an ‘old’ dancer I still love the stage and have moments where I long to be back there performing. I have however turned in my Tap and Point shoes for a Kayak and Push Bike, which I am thoroughly enjoying using on the weekends as Mr Gregory and I make our way around local lakes and bike paths.