Inspirational Teachers – Caroline Fitzpatrick



Caroline Fitzpatrick – Careers Advisor and Senior English Teacher

Caroline Fitzpatrick has been part of the teaching community at De La Salle College for 11 years. For eight of those years, Caroline has been the Careers Advisor, working with students and families to provide appropriate pathway options for students.

Caroline’s understanding of the 21st-century workplace allows her to encourage each student to actively participate in researching and planning for possible future options. She assists students to make informed decisions about their future post-secondary studies and career pathways through Programs in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12.

“I believe the partnership between students, parents and the school is one of the most important elements for a student’s education and maturation more generally.” she says.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is to be a small part of a young person’s journey to become the best that they can be.”

One of the students who has left a lasting impression on Caroline is past school captain, Elliot Fabris. Elliot missed out on getting his first option of Physiotherapy at Monash University Peninsula Campus, by two marks. However, he was offered a Science Degree at Monash University, which he took up. Despite his academic successes in his Science Degree, Elliot never stopped wanting to become a Physiotherapist. Eventually, he was offered a position at La Trobe University. Even though it would take him one hour and 20 minutes travel time per day, he accepted the offer. In 2020, Elliot graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science & Masters of Physiotherapy Practice. He now divides his time between public health at the Alfred Hospital and private health physiotherapy at Kooyong/Spring Physio Gym.

“Elliot’s story humbles me because you can see what is possible when you want something badly enough and are prepared to make sacrifices for it to become a possibility,” she says.

De La Salle College students are fortunate to have so many opportunities available to them through our VCE, VCAL and VET Pathway options, as well as extensive accelerated opportunities both within the College and as well as the acceleration subjects that are offered at Universities.

“I am proud to be part of a school that can offer students great diversity within the senior school academic program,” she says. “The College embraces the idea that there isn’t only one way to achieve success in your senior years at a school.”


De La Salle College educates over 1,000 students across three campuses – Tiverton, Holy Eucharist and Kinnoull. Each campus is aligned for […]

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