THE decision to become a teacher wasn’t a hard one for Anthea Mathers.
The former Echuca West and now Twin Rivers science teacher was teaching in Japan when she realised what she wanted to do with her life.
She loved the energy students brought to the class and the camaraderie she felt with her fellow teachers.
Returning home to take a teaching role in the Echuca-Moama region was a no-brainer for Anthea.
Originally from Mathoura, Anthea started teaching at Echuca West in 2004 after stints in Cohuna and Melbourne.
“I moved back to be with my family and I really loved it out at Echuca West so I stuck around,” she said.
“The Echuca-Moama region has so much to offer students and their families. There’s plenty of education and sporting options to satisfy everyone.”
After settling at Echuca West, Anthea said the prospect of merging with two other local schools was a massive decision and one that took her some time to come to terms with.
“Echuca West was a small and friendly school community, but the transition to the new school has been easy,” she said.
“The open plan idea has taken some getting used to but I really like it. There have been positive reactions from staff and students.
“We now have these magnificent, state of the art facilities to give the kids the best possible start.”