After arriving at Coomera Anglican in 2006, Veronica Rakich always knew she wanted to become a High School teacher and after graduating in 2011, she commenced her Undergraduate studies – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Languages & Linguistics (Mandarin Chinese) at Griffith University Gold Coast. In 2015 she completed her postgraduate studies – Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education in Humanities (History & Geography) and LOTE (Mandarin Chinese) at Griffith’s Mt Gravatt campus. Veronica is now in her second term teaching at St George State High School, where she teaches Humanities & Social Sciences, Career & Work Education, Certificate II in Active Volunteering, and TIC for Industrial Technology and Design. “My decision to teach in a rural location was something I always wanted to do, to gain independence and really integrate myself into my career as a first-year teacher”. The township of St George is situated on the Balonne River, just over 500km west of the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Although a small town, it has provided Veronica with many amazing opportunities including coordinating the school’s Kokoda Team where in March she attempted the 30km Kokoda Challenge on the Toowoomba Range with 20 students and 4 staff. “I am very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community with such incredible staff and bright, talented students”. Veronica has also been busily involved in the school’s various camps, excursions, music performances, PD’s and conferences. “Much of my teaching and pedagogy is based on the values that were implemented within my time at Coomera Anglican College, and modelled on some of the amazing teachers who taught and inspired me over the 6 years I attended”.