For our first segment of 'Staff Stories', two of our staff members share what they love about their role, a motto to live by, their tips for students and more so you can get to know them better. First, we hear from Ms. Stacey Procak, the college's new Attendance Officer after which we'll reveal a fun fact about Careers and Pathways Leader, Mr. Wesley Pfitzner.
Stacey Procak, Attendance Officer
What are some of the challenges that come with your role? How do you rise from them?
Communication!!! How to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. I find treating each situation differently based on the information I have at my disposal helps with this. Listening and trying to meet people half-way (understanding) goes a long way with people and building long lasting relationships.
What movie that imparts lessons on discipline would you recommend to students?
Coach Carter. I think this movie effectively portrays the importance of education and role it plays in conjunction with sport. There is a clear message of discipline and resilience given the backgrounds of the characters portrayed in this film. Another great book is Sacred hoops spiritual lessons of a hardwood by Phil Jackson.
When you were a student, did you have a stellar attendance record?
Yes. I attended a boarding school overseas on scholarship, so attendance was very important.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Humanities as I love learning about the world and history of WW2.
Wesley Pfitzner, Careers and Pathways Leader
What do you like most about your role at Sunbury College? What inspires you to do what you do?
I really enjoy the diverse students I work with in developing their knowledge of careers, documenting their pathway aspirations or assisting students in harnessing their motivation to achieve their long term goals. I’m inspired by students that are really passionate about their area of speciality or helping a student discover their area of passion.
What's a career advice you'd offer anyone at Sunbury College - both staff and students?
Career advice I often offer staff and students is to utilise your networks, this means asking those people closest to you about their career path, jobs, skills and what they have done to achieve their career goals.
What accomplishment are you most proud of so far this year?
So far this year I have been working towards improving how long it takes me to finish a 1000 piece puzzle, the quickest time I have achieve so far is 12 hours!
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise your students.
I grew up on a farm and I really enjoy going home to country South Australia to drive the Tractors at harvest time or moving sheep on the motorbikes with my brothers.
What's a motto you live by?
Always look after number one🥇!