Faith Lutheran College Redlands
Shane Altmann studied teaching from 1986 to 1989 at Armidale Teacher’s College in NSW. He began teaching at a small independent Christian school in country NSW. Both of these institutions were very community focused environments who, at the time, were asking, ‘Why?’ Each in their own way questioning current practice to ensure that it aligned with what was best for students. This laid a platform for the overarching theme of Shane’s teaching and leadership career, that is to question what he was doing and come up with better solutions for students. Moving to Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosa in 1994 Shane taught Middle Primary and Early Years classes. He was energised by the idea of bringing constructivist pedagogies, common in primary classes, into the secondary setting and breaking down traditional faculty barriers to create meaningful integrated and connected experiences for adolescent learners. Moving to a large P-12 Lutheran College in Perth WA in 2004, Shane grew in his capacity to lead teams of educators into creating learning environments and experiences that focused on students and their individual needs. Shane became Principal of St James Lutheran College in Hervey Bay in 2009, leading innovative best practice to grow the school from primary to secondary. This college was the first school in Australia to provide students with 24/7 devices, every Year 8 student was issued with an Apple iPod which they could use at home or at school. This drive to be student focused, create programs and environments that integrate technology and pedagogical best practice into a strong community environment has continued as Shane took on the role of Principal at Faith Lutheran College Redlands in 2017, where he still serves. With a vision to grow an energised learning community the work continues.