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Inside Teaching : June 2010
Inside Teaching | June 2010 STEVE HOLDEN catches up with y Wild presenter Ranger Stacey, and ds someone who's passionate about ing her knowledge about wildlife and environment -- and totally prepared. acey Th You might know Stacey Thomson as Ranger Stacey, from Totally Wild, a television show she's been with since its premiere in 1992. Originally a ranger for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Thomson has spent the past 18 years researching, writing and presenting stories for Totally Wild. It's a career, she says, that's a bit like teaching. 'I take my role of sharing my knowledge about wildlife and the environment with television audiences, particularly kids, very seriously,' she says. 'If someone has the knowledge, interest and passion for something, it's pretty easy to relate to other people. Like all teachers, of course, my preparation is important, but when the need arises it's a great thing to be able to adlib too.' So who were the best teachers Thomson had as a school student? She readily identifies three. 'Mr Carey, my Year 7 primary school teacher, and Ms Rolley and Mrs Seehaver, who were both high school teachers.' Not surprisingly, all three had several characteristics in common, not least an interest in their students, a passion for their teaching and, like Thomson, good preparation.