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Meet the Team | Marie S.

Compass Team

This week, we'll be getting to know Marie!

Marie is our Schools Engagement Manager in NSW and with a background in Business Development and Relationship Management, she's well equipped to understand and deliver on what schools need. While originally from Canada, Marie has now been living in Australia for 20 years.

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you do at Compass.

I’m originally from Canada and moved to Australia 20 years ago. I’ve since got married and had my son. At Compass, I am Schools Engagement Manager in the NSW market.

What’s your favourite product/feature within Compass?

Chronicle, our wellbeing module, is my favourite as it has so much depth around workflows and in engaging parents.

 

What do you see as the biggest benefit that Compass offers, whether it’s to students, school staff or families?

The App! It is such an amazing tool for everyone.

 

What does a typical Sunday look like for you?

Hiking with my son and husband.

 

What is one of your fondest memories from your school days?

In Kindy, when I lived in the Canadian Arctic, our kindergarten classroom was in the shape of a giant teepee and it felt like we were part of a storybook (far left, below).

 

 

What kind of student were you?

I was an honour student for the majority of the time before I became distracted by the social aspect of school in years 11 and 12. Thankfully, I still graduated with high enough grades for uni.

 

What was your favourite subject, and why?

Science, as it was the most interesting and hands-on.

 

What would you be doing, if not working at Compass?

If money was no object, I would have continued full-time volunteer work with victims of crime.

 

 If Compass was available to you when you were at school, do you think it would have changed your learning experience? How?

I definitely would have had that extra layer of organisation around assignments, as well as better communication with my teachers.

 

 Surprise & delight us. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I used to ice skate the 7km Rideau Canal to and from university every day in winter.

 

 What extracurricular activities, if any, were you involved in when you were at school?

I played softball, volleyball and basketball.

 

 What is one surprising lesson that you have learnt from your time at Compass?

That Millennials unfairly get a bad rap, as I have the pleasure of working with some of the most hard-working and intelligent people I’ve met throughout my working life.

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