Our Heads of Campus play a vital role in the leadership and effective operational management of their respective campuses. They are responsible for setting and advancing campus culture and effectiveness in accordance with the college's overall direction and goals in terms of academic quality and success, pastoral and behavioural quality and culture, and the appearance and relevance of campus facilities and resources. We are delighted to welcome Mr Doug Braiden as our new Head of Campus, Middle and Senior Years, and hope you enjoy the little Q&A session we did with him recently...
What drew you to Trinity Lutheran College?
I am a Christian and attend Good News Lutheran Church. The Christ-Centred education that Trinity Lutheran College aims to provide to our students is a real draw card for me.
Tell us a bit about your professional background.
I have worked in a variety of jobs roughly split equally between education and law enforcement. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Masters of Education (Leadership and Management) and several diplomas in investigations. As an educator I have worked in a variety of independent schools including Lutheran, Anglican and independent Christian schools. I am a Mathematics teachers and have held several leadership roles including Head of Year, Head of Department, Deputy Head of School and Head of Middle School. I was also employed by the Queensland Police Service in areas ranging from uniform, covert and detective units. In the Queensland College of Teachers, I was a senior investigator for teacher misconduct.
And what about your personal background and family?
I have been married for 20 years to my wife Danielle. She is a teacher at St Peters Lutheran at Springfield and has been in the Lutheran sector for her whole working life. I have two children. Ryan (15) and Chelise (13). My son loves anything related to computers so he is a bit of a nerd like me. My daughter is into dance and gymnastics.
How would you describe your own school-going self?
I was quiet and introverted. I loved Maths and Science but also liked individual sports like Athletics, Cross-Country and Squash.
What book inspires you and why?
I’m not sure if any one book inspires me but my favourite author is Terry Brooks who writes Tolkien like fantasy (ie. Lord of the Rings). Another book called, “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell is another book about growing through failing.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
As a teacher, the best advice I have ever received is that “learning starts when the teacher stops”. I completely agree with this statement, especially as a Mathematics teacher.
How do you relax / what do you do in your spare time?
As I mentioned earlier, I am a bit of a nerd. I love reading, exercising and much to my wife’s displeasure I love playing computer games.
What is your favourite music?
I love a range of music. My favourite band is probably Coldplay or U2 but I also enjoy listening to Jazz music.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I would say some of my time in the Queensland Police Service contained my most adventurous moments. Especially, when I worked undercover. That’s a story for another time.
What is your best quality?
It’s my hope that I come across as authentic and humble and passionate about young people. I am driven by seeing kids becoming the best they can be.
What are you most excited about, having joined Trinity
Meeting the kids. I am absolutely committed to the education of our younger generation. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing the change that can take place within a young person’s mind and heart.
What do you like most about your profession?
That's an easy question. I love working with kids. I love teaching Mathematics. I love making a positive difference through change.
What do you like least about your profession?
Seeing kids leave when they reach Year 12. It’s a bitter sweet moment. Teachers pour so much of their souls into teaching so it can quite hard emotionally when you see these children leave the school as young adults.
What do you do for exercise?
I do a lot of cross fit, cycling and gym. I find it helps clear my mind and gives me more energy.
What is your favourite sport?
What would you be doing if you weren’t in the teaching profession?
I come from a family heritage of the military and policing. I have already done the police so perhaps the Air Force or Army. I am also a passionate Christian and have often thought of going into ministry as a pastor.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
You can do anything you set your mind too. Even if the obstacles appear too large. Don’t let other people let you believe otherwise.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I would have said, playing computer games but I have already let that one secret out the bag.
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