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Introducing our new Biology Teacher

 
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QACI welcomed Joe Wright to the Science Faculty this year. Starting his career as a Dietician, Joe has since ventured into secondary school teaching commencing his new career path at QACI.  We took the time to ask Joe a few personal questions by way of introducing him to our valued community. Here is what he had to say.

Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career history?

I started my career as a dietitian after completing my Ba. Nutrition & Dietetics from Griffith University, Gold Coast in 2014. After graduating I took up the opportunity to go backpacking through the United States, Central and South America for six months, picking up a little Spanish on the way. Once I returned from my globe-trekking, I entered my one-year mentor program and was subsequently awarded my Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) credential through the Dietitian Association of Australia in 2016.

In 2017, I decided to open my own Dietetic Consultation Business - Wright Diet. The clinic in Ashgrove, Brisbane, was focused on evidenced-based, medical nutrition therapy in conjunction with mindful eating techniques, a non-diet approach and Health At Every Size (HAES) principles. My mission - to empower individuals to strive for their optimum holistic health and to provide clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their health goals. This Medicare and NDIS registered dietetic consulting business remained opened until the end of 2019.

It was here that I undertook and completed a Master of Teaching (Secondary); with teaching areas in Biology and Chemistry, at QUT in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. Taking my knowledge and experiences from the clinic to the classroom, I have been able to link canonical scientific knowledge to practical industry examples and provide relatable and transferrable skills for my students. This helps to build an authentic interest in STEM for my students, with feedback indicating that students appreciate my enthusiastic and knowledgeable teaching style.

I am most excited about broadening young minds through implementing contextualised knowledge in conjunction with pedagogical techniques that focus on sustainability, health, critical and creative thinking, and life-long learning.

I am also a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community and really respect QACI's inclusive and accepting stance for supporting students from all genders and sexualities.

What do you like about teaching in your current role?

The greatest thing about teaching is fostering the sense of awe and wonder that I felt as a student and seeing this in my own students. I love expanding students' knowledge and experiences to make sense of the phenomena around them. I love the creativity that students have and how they apply this to scientific concepts. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside colleagues to support Year 12 students with their IA experiments.

What is something that student's may not know about you?

I am passionate about the environment and I am currently trying to change my backyard into a biodiverse hotspot by replanting native plants, composting, worm farming and supporting a native bee hive.

I stayed with an Amazonian tribe for four days who had only ever been contacted by the outside world 40 years prior, and had to trek my way out following a landslide incident during my travels. 

What has been your QACI highlight so far?

I am going to say conducting practical activities like monster speed dating but I am sure there will be a lot of memories made during Year 10 Camp.​

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Last reviewed 16 March 2022
Last updated 16 March 2022