NEW COUNTRY TEACHERS: Joel Mollenhauer and Nicholas Weiss have officially joined Mundubbera State School this year. Picture: Sam Turner.
NEW COUNTRY TEACHERS: Joel Mollenhauer and Nicholas Weiss have officially joined Mundubbera State School this year. Picture: Sam Turner.

Mundubbera welcomes two teachers into the fold

WITH term one in full swing for our schools this year, Mundubbera State School have just welcomed two new teachers into the fold.

Music teacher Joel Mollenhauer and English/HASS (History and Social Sciences) teacher Nicholas Weiss have joined the school this year.

Coming from different backgrounds, both teachers are eager to get stuck into the next two semesters, and make their mark on the school.

For Mr Mollenhauer, he’s been able to secure his chosen profession not too far from his home town of Murgon.

“I’ve previously been up in far north Queensland where I did a circuit up there for five years,” Mr Mollenhauer said.

“I’m a saxophonist, and I went through the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).”

Being classically trained, he mostly plays jazz, soul, and funk, performing in a big band based out of Wondai.

Officially he’s never stopped teaching since he was 14 according to Mr Mollenhauer, teaching other students other students in his class.

“But I’ve done five years of full time with Education Queensland, and the odd contract here and there.”

Now he travels between Mundubbera, Gayndah, and the South Burnett to teach music.

Mr Weiss on the other hand has just only just arrived to the North Burnett, finishing as a graduate from the University of Queensland in 2019.

Wanting to experience the country life, he threw his hat in the ring for several rural jobs, but was attracted to Mundubbera specifically.

“It looked like a nice agricultural community,” Mr Weiss said.

“It was someplace green, and nice, and I decided to apply for it, and got the job.”

Teaching grade seven and eight English and HASS, he also dabbles in IT for the school, which is the smaller elective side of his teaching.

Both teachers agreed that moving to a small community has a multitude of benefits, allowing them to enjoy the positive culture.

“It’s been really good coming here, as it’s a friendly country school,” Mr Mollenhauer said.

“Kirsty who previously ran the music program had run a really tight ship, so it’s nice to have everything organised.”

For Mr Weiss, he feels the transition for students going from primary to high school is one of the school’s advantages.

“You’ve got the opportunity to be in contact with primary staff to see if the systems they’ve put into place,” Mr Weiss said.

“So you can really use that to be transition for the grade sevens and eights.”


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