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Primary school talent retained as Kialla West students become teachers

By Ed McLeish

Former Kialla West Primary School students Taylah Limosani and Amy Howard have officially become the masters, returning as teachers in 2020.

Principal Wes Teague, 44, taught Miss Limosani and Miss Howard between 2002 and 2009.

And while he said he remembered most of his students, he said Miss Limosani, 23, and Miss Howard, 22, had stood out.

“These two had great personalities and were wonderful to teach all the time,” he said.

“It’s one of the reasons you get into teaching — to build relationships with kids.

“You want your students to learn, then you look forward to when they finish their schooling, and whether they might come back.”

This year is the 22nd of Mr Teague’s career at Kialla West.

Meanwhile, it’s the start of Miss Limosani's and Miss Howard’s teaching careers.

Miss Limosani will be looking after the Foundation class (formerly known as Preps), while Miss Howard will be teaching Years 5 and 6 students.

The pair went to university in Bendigo together and was in the same Years 5 and 6 class together when Mr Teague taught them.

Miss Howard said she was excited to put everything she'd learned into practice.

“I’m nervous to get started, but excited,” she said.

Both Miss Limosani and Miss Howard said family was the reason they both returned to their respective homes at Grahamvale and Kialla.

“I’ve got a tight-knit close family,” Miss Limosani said.

Miss Howard said her fond school memories had encouraged her to become a teacher.

“Plus, my mum Robyn is a teacher, so she’s inspired me,” she said.

As for Miss Limosani, she said teaching had always been the job for her.

“From a young age, I’ve always been interested in working with kids,” she said.

“It’s always been what I've wanted to do.”

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