Adelaide student now local teacher

CLASS IN SESSION: EJEHS Teacher James Fox has formed a strong bond with fellow teachers and his students during his time in Whyalla.
CLASS IN SESSION: EJEHS Teacher James Fox has formed a strong bond with fellow teachers and his students during his time in Whyalla.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, James Fox was worried about securing employment in the uncertain economic climate.

Little did he know that his placement at Edward John Eyre High School (EJEHS) would soon lead to full-time work.

A student at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, James had been recommended a transition to the country by his peers.

"A big incentive of moving to the country is that there are more job opportunities and there's more exposure to teaching," he said.

Mr Fox undertook his final placement at EJEHS and was shortly afterwards offered a teaching position. Despite admittedly being nervous about the commitment, took it with open arms.

"As soon as I started my placement I realised how many opportunities there are here...it's certainly given me a new perspective on education," he said.

"I was thrilled to be offered the position."

Mr Fox now teaches Maths and Physical Education (PE), and hopes to change the perception of mathematics as being an unexciting subject.

"I want to help kids see that maths isn't so bad, they need it for their job and there's a lot they can learn from it," he said.

"The kids do get along with me quite well, and I believe if you can develop a good relationship with students they're a lot more keen to learn from you." So far Mr Fox has enjoyed living in the tight-knit community of Whyalla, and has been learning a lot from his role. "I've only been employed for six weeks but I feel like I've learned far more than I might have learned doing relief work in Adelaide."