Andrew Cleaver is an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher that the College is thrilled to be able to call one of its own. Andrew commenced with Cornerstone in 2012, and brought 14 years of educational experience with him. He is responsible for the Science, Maths and Physical Education subjects across the lower secondary school.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Art in Education as well as a Bachelor of Education which were obtained from Edith Cowan University. His own educational credentials are beautifully married with a passion for the students he encounters, and in the relatively short time he has been at the College, there is no doubt of his popularity with students and staff alike.
Andrew believes his chosen career is one which gives him the opportunity to continually learn himself – but the benefits of his ongoing growth as an educator are enormously helpful to his students. He likes that he gets to do new and interesting things every day, and that in the process, he also gets to form positive relationships with students, parents and staff.
One of the other benefits of teaching is that he gets to utilise new and exciting technologies which bring to his students another opportunity to enjoy the experience of learning. ‘I desire that my students will have curious minds and a desire to explore the world they live in’, he said.
Andrew desires that encounters with him in the classroom will challenge his pupils to be very motivated to succeed, and the desired outcome is ‘that they will be the best they can be at whatever they are passionate about.’ Andrew utilises a lot of hands on learning experiences which make time in the classroom anything but monotonous. He also enjoys relating to his students in a manner that is enthusiastic as well as fun. ‘I try to be humorous and can occasionally be successful at this’, he said. Although did concede that he is not as funny as Mr Cameron (editorial note – this may be a good thing!)
Whilst the obvious educational outcomes are firmly in Andrew’s sights, he has a deep desire for each student in his classes to be bearing fruit in the areas of character and faith. His hope is that whilst at the College, each student will learn to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to make good choices. Further to this, he desires that they will grow confident in what they believe and have the courage to share their faith with others.
When not in the classroom, Andrew delights in spending time with his wife, daughter and two sons. He loves sport, particularly basketball, but has also just commenced exploring the world of mountain-bike riding. He also enjoys singing and has been part of worship teams in the past.
Andrew’s decision to move to beautiful Busselton has brought him many advantages – but for Cornerstone, the greatest advantage is that he calls the College home. For that we are very grateful.