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Humans of St John’s

Mon, 21/09/2020Posted by:

Welcome to the next edition of Humans of St John’s featuring Year 5 Teacher, Chris Tuohy as he shares with us his journey from the American Football fields and Athletics Track, across a diverse career in Finance to St John’s.

I grew up in Melbourne and lived there until the start of 2019 when I packed up my car, my family and all of my belongings and drove to Brisbane in search of new experiences and opportunities.

I attended school at St Kevin’s College and got my first job at age 12 as a paperboy. This involved getting up at 5am every morning rain, hail or snow, loading my bike with newspapers and delivering them all before 7am so I could get home in time to go to school. Other jobs I had while at secondary school included working at a flower shop where I set up the shop before it opened and packed it all up again at the end of each day and also on the weekends as a pool lifeguard at the local council pool. When I was 20 years old I went to America to work at a summer camp where I had the opportunity to go on camp excursions visiting baseball games, water parks and Disneyland.

Once I returned to Australia I gained employment at a finance company as their mailroom clerk and worked my way up into different accounting/finance positions. I then branched out working for a large energy company, an events management company followed by an international media and events company where I managed the accounts for events such as Indy Cars, the Melbourne and International Flower and Garden Show and the Melbourne Marathon. In total, I worked for over 15 years in finance and accounting before I decided to pursue my true calling. I headed back to university to gain a Bachelor of Education and am currently completing a Masters in Education specialising in STEM.

Throughout my working life, I also managed to forge a sports career of sorts too. I played Rugby Union for Victoria in under 19s, I played for three different amateur American Football teams going on to win two Vic Bowls and runner up in two others. A Vic Bowl is Victoria’s version of the Super Bowl, a championship game between the two best teams in the men’s division one. I was chosen to play gridiron for Australia in 2003, playing one game in Sydney against the Polynesian All-Stars. I also ran (sprinted) professionally for 8 years. I ran at the University of Utah for one season as well as competed across Australia and New Zealand.  During this time I travelled across Victoria and to NSW, Tasmania, SA and QLD mainly Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Kilcoy. It was there that I won the first-ever Kilcoy gift and in Victoria, I was fortunate to race in the Stawell gift final, the richest footrace in the world, on four consecutive occasions.

I begin my employment here at St John’s at the beginning of 2020. I currently teach a fantastic group of students in Year 5. My job involves guiding 23 future leaders during these unusual times. In my class we focus on academics, however, I try to impress upon my students the importance of having a strong moral compass with a community focus that involves compassion, empathy and service to self and others. In the future, I would like the opportunity to get more involved within the sports departments by way of coaching senior rugby, touch and/or athletics. I also have a passion for Mathematics and would very much like to be involved in the opportunities available here for the Primary students.

Prior to St John’s, I taught for 2 years in Victoria at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar (PEGS) and last year at Cannon Hill Anglican College. At these schools, I taught Year 4 students so I have very much enjoyed the challenge Year 5 has presented. In my past roles, I’ve been involved in coaching touch, rugby, cross country and athletics, as well as helping out with garden and chess clubs, dance recitals and school camps.

Outside of St John’s I have 2 children; Daisy and Finn. We enjoy playing sport together such as touch, kickboxing, running and bike riding. We also have a passion for camping and really enjoy the regular opportunities both QLD and the climate offer us to camp including Stradbroke Island which we visited last summer and have been counting down the days until our return. As typical Ex Victorians, we have seasons passes to all the fun parks and go most weekends. I enjoy playing sports and the outdoor lifestyle but I’m also a huge computer game nerd. I own three old arcade machines with games from the 80s and 90s, and I own several Nintendos, Play Stations and Xbox’s from the late 80s through to today. In total, I have over 12 computer game consoles and 1000s of games so if I am not playing sport I am probably saving a princess from a dragon in Mario Brothers.