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Mrs Fix It - Finalist for WA School Services Staff Member of the Year 2016

Lesley Wellington is known at ‘Mrs Fix It’ at Woodvale Secondary College. The laboratory technician has been working at the college for 28 years and has become the go-to person for all things technical related to science...

“In my job I have everything organised the day before so it’s ready in the classroom,” Lesley says.

“But things turn up. A lot of my job is putting out what I like to call spot fires – when you have to deal with something immediately. It’s a varied role, believe me. But I like the variety.”

A career in education was always on the cards for Lesley. She grew up wanting to be a primary school teacher but decided to study science instead at university. After deferring from university, she got her first laboratory technician job at Eastern Goldfields Senior High School.

“What I found was how much I enjoyed working in a school. I love what I do. This is my way of being in the education system and interacting with the students,” she says.

“I get involved with the students’ project work and help them with their research. We have an academic extension class and it’s nice when students win prizes. I can say I was involved in that.”

She’s also a big believer in going above and beyond what’s required by learning as much as she can about the latest trends and techniques in science. She credits this dedication to her mother.

“She told me that no matter what you do, you do it to the best of your ability. It doesn’t matter what job you’re in – if you’re a brain surgeon, be the best you can; if you’re a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.

“I have this motto that says if I don’t get it right then the teachers can’t get it right. If you get it right then it’s right in the classroom and the students learn the right way.”

Lesley’s fun personality and enthusiasm for her job have endeared her to teachers and students alike.

“My philosophy in life is that you have to laugh. You have to have a sense of humour,” she smiles.

“The biggest thing I say to the students is don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more you learn.”


*Published on Department of Education Internal Staff Portal 16 November 2016. Article writer not named.