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Jessica Heaton (2002)

Food Technology and Hospitality Teacher

Ms. Heaton is not only a favourite teacher of many students, current and past, but also a Food Scientist. She started her Food Technology and Hospitality Teacher position at Daramalan College in 2009 after completing her internship here as well.

What is the fondest memory of your time in Daramalan?     

My fondest memory of Daramalan as both a student and as a teacher is of the whole school events, such as the whole school masses and the Charity Walk (which used to be called the Kilothon). The sense of community these events bring is really great and definitely something I like to relive now as a teacher.

Who was your favourite teacher?

Mr Frank Djusic was my favourite teacher. He taught me Food Science (as it was called back then) and was instrumental in employing me at Daramalan. Once he found out I was studying to be a Food Technology Teacher, he went so far as to contact my Mum to track me down as he thought I would be a good fit in his department…

How did Daramalan College influence your life?

Daramalan has influenced my life in many ways. I have spent approximately half of my life here. I have very good friends that I made when I was at Daramalan as a student and we are still very close to this day.     

What are you most proud of in your life?      

I am most proud of the family I have created with my Husband and two beautiful children 😊

What is your advice for current and former students? 

Always embrace every opportunity that comes your way. You never know where it may take you.


What is your favourite cuisine?    

Italian – I love Italy, and I love the cuisine: pizza, pasta with fresh and simple ingredients.   

Which superpower would you most like to have?   

I would like to have the ability to be invisible 😊