Heather Hankinson

Senior English Teacher


Heather has always had a passion for English. Her love of language and the power of ideas led her to complete a degree in English and Comparative Literature from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Upon doing so, she chose to complete a Diploma of Education in order to be able to communicate her love of the subject to her students.

“Having been personally inspired by the example of my own English teacher at school, I have always found that English teaching is a wonderful opportunity to engage young people in a lifelong love of learning. English teaching is a marvelous blend of the personal – students get to truly reflect on their own experiences, whilst being challenged in an academically rigorous environment. It is a privilege to work with our students and to see them grapple with difficult concepts and ultimately prevail. At its best, it is an exhilarating process.”

Prior to working at Fahan, Heather worked for 13 years at Hale School in WA. It was here that she worked with boys, in an environment, which challenged and inspired the young men who attended the school, to achieve personal excellence in all pursuits.  Her last role before leaving the School involved coordinating the highly demanding Literature course. After falling in love with Tasmania on a holiday, Heather has relocated to Fahan. This has given her the opportunity to teach girls in a caring, nurturing environment, which encourages its students to achieve their very best. The warmth, friendliness and support of the Fahan community have been a hallmark of her time at the school.