Alumni - When Student Becomes Teacher

Most students spend no more than thirteen years at GPCC. In 2021 we are blessed to have 11 of our Alumni teaching and serving the next generation of students in both our Primary and Secondary School. We also have another 5 Alumni working in our ICT, Counselling and Educational Support Departments. 

JO PEARSON (nee McCarthy) is one of our Primary teachers who attended GPCC from the first day in 1982 in Year 2, along with her sister Kirsty in Kindergarten. Jo's brother, Mike McCarthy was also a student at GPCC and their mother, Stephanie (Steve) worked in various Administration roles; PA to Principal, Registrar and Development Officer for 25 years. Both Jo and Kirsty's children have all attended GPCC. 

1982 First Day of GPCC
(left) Kirsty Watson (nee McCarthy), (right) Jo Pearson (nee McCarthy) in 1982

JOEL GIBBINS attended GPCC in Years 10 - 12 graduating in 2005. Joel worked in Early Childhood Education for 10 years before completing his Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education which led him to return to GPCC to work in our Primary School. Joel is married with 3 children, 2 of which already attend GPCC.

When asked what he is passionate about, Joel replies "If you ask my children “what is Daddy passionate about?” or “what does Daddy spend most of his time doing?” They would say that I am busy being a teacher or that I am playing guitar (bass) at church. However, I’d like to think that I was passionate about relationships. I desire to be an engaged father, a faithful friend and a caring neighbour. Relationships will hold a greater value in the life to come rather than the things that I did. 

KATELYN STEWART (nee Manson) attended GPCC from Years 7 - 12 graduating in 2013. Katelyn works in our Secondary School in the PDHPE Department, she is married to Vince Stewart who also attended GPCC graduating in 2012. 

We asked Katelyn when and why did she decided to become a teacher? Katelyn replied "I didn’t think I wanted to be a teacher until I started youth leading and connecting with the kids and realising that I really enjoyed being around them. Reflecting on my high school years I really enjoyed school and the relationships I made and felt like this was something God had put on my heart to become a teacher." 

Katelyn decided to return to teach at GPCC as she said "I valued the Christian education, the culture of the school and the way GPCC cared for students and their families. This was so imperative in my relationship with Christ and I wanted to be able to be apart of this mission and building God’s kingdom and sharing this news with teenagers."