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Kristina Pennell-Goetze (she/her/hers)

My role at BBIS:

Secondary Head of the Drama; Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) staff supervisor; Student Social Justice Committee staff supervisor

When did you join BBIS?

August 2014

What is your background?

I am a queer Filipino-Australian creator, teacher, mother, and activist, currently teaching Drama and English Language & Literature. I am passionate about actively pursuing equity and justice through student voice and amplifying the experiences of the global majority and marginalised folks through theatre. With 11 years of teaching experience in both public (UK) and international (Germany) schools, and a Bachelor of Education from QUT in Australia, I am currently studying a Master of Educational Leadership as I pursue school leadership to shift the narrative of dominant culture and cultivate an environment that celebrates resilience and healing.

What inspires you in your professional role?

Students always inspire me the most. Watching them grow and develop as individuals, especially as I see their progression from Grade 7 through to Grade 12. Their stories and their experiences shape so much of what we read and watch on the stage, in the media and in books, and being able to explore that with students and help them to learn more about themselves and their identities really inspires me. Additionally, in my roles as GSA and Student Social Justice Committee staff supervisor, helping students to find their voice, be change agents and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and antiracism (DEIJAR) in all aspects of their lives and in the school community really proves how wonderful our students are.

What are you passionate about?

I am incredibly passionate about student agency and student advocacy, and doing all of that both in and out of my classroom with a DEIJAR and identity-centred lens is what my teaching and pedagogy is rooted in. I do a lot of this in my own time as well, because it is important to my family.

What makes BBIS special?

BBIS is a place for innovation and change, and our students and staff and wider school community, including parents, are part of this.