Teacher Feature

The Teacher Feature is meant to highlight our current teachers. We have an amazingly diverse staff and we encourage you to get to know them!

Michael Colquhoun

  1. What class or classes do you teach?

Careers, Business Management, Vet in Schools Programs, QCS Lessons

  1. How long have you been working at Northpine?

11 years

  1. How did you first discover you wanted to be a teacher?

I enjoyed school – the variety of in and out of the classroom, sports, camps, excursions, social banter and comradery amongst coworkers in a team environment.

  1. Where are you originally from?

I was born in New Zealand

  1. What might we be surprised to know about you?

Well, the school kids think I have always been bald so, let’s publish that I used to have hair, thick hair!

  1. If you could time travel, where and when would you go?

I have travelled around the world a lot and have enjoyed plenty of cities, activities and sights. I’d have to say New York was a real cool place as there are heaps of things to see and do and I would travel in the summer as last time I was there was the middle of winter and extremely cold.

  1. What’s one great book or movie you’ve read or seen recently?

I love watching movies and my favourite movie genre is action films so I would have to say that some good movies I have seen recently are The Mechanic, Jack Reacher, Fast and the Furious

  1. Which person, directly or indirectly, has inspired you the most?

Growing up, I would fight and battle with my older brother plenty as we are both competitive so I would always try and beat him in sports and other activities. My mum taught me how to be organized, neat and tidy, cook and clean which really helped me out when I left home at 18 and my dad always showed me how to build things and make smart decisions with purchases and financial dealings.  But I have been fortunate to have so many significant people in my life growing up from a couple of teachers at school who related well to me and gave me some direction, to employers that gave me jobs to earn money going through school and university and now as an adult, I am fortunate to have many colleagues and friends who continue to add value to my existence. I don’t have one person, I have many inspirational people who have a fine part in contributing to my well-being.

  1. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?

I was fortunate to do some snow skiing in Austria down some glaciers, doing runs that were 8km long taking about 30mins. It was pretty impressive.

  1. What is the best advice that you can give to your students?

Other than to simply try, I have this quote that I love saying to students over the years. “The harder you work, the luckier you get”!