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Creative traveller

By Tatura Guardian

Lauren Wangeman, Tatura Primary School

What inspired you to become a teacher? I was travelling the world, working as a chef and needed a reason to get back to Australia to settle down.

I was sick of missing social events due to work.

At the time I was working in Japan as a kindergarten teacher and I realised that I loved teaching, so decided to apply for a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education.

I was also very inspired by my Year 6 teacher, who was someone I could see myself being like.

What’s your favourite thing to do in the school holidays? I always head overseas.

Where did you attend school? I did primary school in Rockbank and Maribyrnong, high school in Avondale Heights and Footscray.

What is one of your hidden talents? I am always making something metal art, mosaics, sewing.

I love to learn new skills to support my creativity, such as welding and metal cutting.

Are you a cat or dog person? (what are their names...) I have two dogs — a golden retriever named Ky and a black lab named Missy. I also have a cat named Fuji.

What is your dream holiday? Patagonia in the southern part of Chile.

I would love to kayak among the humpback whales in Punta Arenas.

What are you reading? The Chakra Wisdom Oracle Toolkit: A 52-Week Journey of Self-Discovery with the Lost Fables by Tori Hartman.

What are you watching? The Disappearance of Madeline McCann.

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they? I generally embarrass myself all the time with my ‘‘groovy’’ dance moves and ‘‘angelic’’ singing voice (I teach Foundation!)

If you could pass on wisdom to your students, what would you share? Enjoy every day, choose your battles and cherish your friendships. Oh and be nice to your teachers.

If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them? I would take them to Kyoto in Japan.