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Meet the Staff: Paul Taylor and Brenda Millican

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Week 3,
Term One, 2016

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Over Terms One and Two 2016, we'll ask our Junior School staff a few questions about themselves. We invite you to learn what they have to say in their answers below!


Paul Taylor and Brenda Millican

  1. Your name? Paul Taylor
  2. Your role in the Junior School? Head of Junior School
  3. How long have you worked at Somerset College? I have worked at Somerset College for the past two years and attended as a student for seven years (1984 through until 1990)
  4. What do you like most about your job? There are a few things I love about my job. The first is interacting with so many different people - staff, students and parents. As a teacher, I really hope to make a difference in the lives of students. I want them to become inquirers and to become confident citizens.
  5. Favourite Food? I love chocolate-covered Turkish Delight
  6. Nickname at your primary school? PT or Fish
  7. Favourite colour? Red
  8. What other job would you like to do if you were not doing this job? I would love to be on the stage performing or on television hosting a show, like Sunrise.
  9. What person inspires you the most and why? Winston Churchill, who was Prime Minister of England during World War II, kept the people together during this very difficult time. England looked like they would be defeated; however, under his leadership, the people rallied together and, with the help of the allies, were victorious. He was a strong leader, but one who also showed compassion.
  10. Favourite quote? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” - First penned by Elbert Hubbard in 1915.

  1. Your name? Brenda Millican
  2. Your role in the Junior School? Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum/PYP
  3. How long have you worked at Somerset College? 20 + years
  4. What do you like most about your job? I like that I can play a part in the development of life-long learners who will act to take care of the next generation and the world in which we live.
  5. Favourite Food? Pasta Amatriciana
  6. Nickname at your primary school? I didn’t have one.
  7. Favourite colour? Yellow
  8. What other job would you like to do if you were not doing this job? Veterinary Surgeon
  9. What person inspires you the most and why? I have been inspired by many people over many years; currently I am inspired by someone who is still living, Carol Dweck. Dweck researches how a growth mind-set can impact positively on learning. What it means for most people is that with the right kind of effort and practice we can grow our brains to achieve more highly than we ever thought possible. The science is now backing this up, acknowledging that the brain has the “capacity to develop throughout life”.
  10. Favourite quote? "You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one." - (Unknown)
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