Humans of Oakleigh Grammar – Mrs Vicki Kimonides

Vicki has worked at Oakleigh Grammar for 15 years. We honoured her length of service in the 2017 year book with the following interview:

 How did you find yourself at Oakleigh Grammar?

A teaching opportunity was available at Oakleigh Grammar in 2000 as a LOTE teacher, part time. This was ideal at the time because I was returning from maternity leave. The following year I was offered a class room teaching position, and ever since I have continued as a generalist class room teacher.

 

Tell me about your role here

Since my time here at Oakleigh Grammar, I have been a Literacy Coordinator and wellbeing teacher for Prep to Year 2. I am currently a Year 2 teacher.

 

What is your favourite memory from your time here?

Every year that I have taught at Oakleigh Grammar has been a wonderful memory, but seeing my students thrive and achieve their personal and academic goals, and being great leaders.

 

Who has influenced you the most at Oakleigh Grammar and why?

The wonderful teaching and administrative staff at Oakleigh Grammar have played a huge role in ensuring a successful teaching and learning environment. There is an amazing atmosphere of belonging, support, friendship and collegiality here.

 

What do you do when you aren’t working?

When I am not working I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

 

If you could close your eyes and appear anywhere in the world where would you be?

I would love to be anywhere in the Greek Islands, relaxing by the beach with family and friends.

 

 What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“We are the World “– Michael Jackson.

 

What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

To be the best that you can be, have a growth mindset, and have pride and dignity with what you choose to do.

 

 If you weren’t working at Oakleigh Grammar where would you be?

If I was not working at Oakleigh Grammar, I would be travelling the world experiencing wonderful different cultures and amazing world history.