Teacher Feature

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

Jared Benard

  1. What class or classes do you teach?

Year 8 and 9 Business Education; Year 7 and 8 HPE; and Year 8 and 9 Bible.

  1. How long have you been working at Northpine?

This is my second year at Northpine.

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

I always enjoyed working and connecting with young people and I also wanted to be able to serve God by working for the church.

  1. Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Murwillumbah, NSW! (Go the blues!)

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

I enjoy movies that are based on true events.

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

I would love to travel forwards to see the big picture and the impact of the decisions we make each day.

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

My year 2 and 3 teacher, Mr Steve Anderson. He was a great teacher who allowed me to challenge myself academically and built his rapport with us by playing sport every lunchtime.

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

Eagles Nest in Austria OR the Fiordland National Park in NZ.

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

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” (Colossians 3:23). Put your best efforts into everything.

Kristin Hankins

  1. What class or classes do you teach?

I teach Year 6.

  1. How long have you been working at Northpine?

This is my sixth year at Northpine. I’ve spent three years teaching Year 1 and am now in my third year in Year 6.

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

This is actually a difficult question to answer! I stumbled into teaching as a ‘gap year’ from another degree I had started, and realized that I loved it while on my final two teaching placements – it was a difficult class but I had an incredible mentor teacher.

  1. Where are you originally from?

Brisbane, but I have also lived in Sydney and Adelaide.

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

I can’t flip a coin. I have tried a number of times but it’s always a little uncoordinated!

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

I think I would go forward to when I have long service leave and I would go to Iceland, Poland and Russia. They have fascinated me for many years but I’ve never been able to go.

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

Hidden Figures. About three incredibly intelligent African-American women who go to work in NASA. The movie explores their challenges and triumphs in a light-hearted, family friendly manner. I loved it.

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

My dad. He is incredibly generous, thinks logically and calmly, and has been very patient with me. I often call him for advice!

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

I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many places and I think the most beautiful would have to be on the northern coast of Norway, particularly in the early evening.

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

To keep working as hard as they can … the success that comes after persistence is so much more rewarding than success that comes without effort!