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Pelissa Tsilimidos-Thorne

Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

Pelissa Tsilimidos-Thorne (B.A., Dip. Ed., MA. Ed.) is a senior English teacher with 25 years’ experience. She holds a research Masters in Education (Film as Text) from Monash University and has written for various educational journals and books.

What are you passionate about?

My greatest passion lies in the appreciation and analysis of literature and film. I am also a firm believer that education is of paramount importance, offering the promise of opportunity and empowerment.

Could you give us an overview of your work?

I have been a regular contributor to Teaching English, a website for Australian English teachers and have had extensive experience in senior marking in Victoria and New South Wales. I have also completed an in depth study into boys’ education, producing a research document on boys’ literacy.

What have been the highlights of your career?

The opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with students and fellow teachers continues to be a highlight for me. I particularly enjoy motivating students to share my passion for the subject content. I am driven by a belief that my role is to equip students with the tools to achieve their best, by cultivating an appreciation and knowledge of the various texts.

What other jobs have you had?

From the age of twelve to the end of university, I worked part-time in an old-fashioned drapery store, selling everything from wool and ribbons to school uniforms. My teaching career began at Eastern Secondary College, and then Melbourne High School, where I honed my skill in selective boys’ education. When I moved to Sydney I worked at Sydney Boys’ High School, before moving to St Mary’s Cathedral College as the Literacy Coordinator.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I spent the 90’s suffering accusations of being the Nanny (Fran Drescher) and nowadays it’s more Nigella Lawson. Fortunately, I sound nothing like the Nanny; unfortunately I cook nothing like Nigella!

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