Tyson Greenwood has been a teacher for 15 years. Beginning as a classroom teacher, his desire to connect with others helped him develop his strength for relationship-building. Over the last 9 years, he has worked as a Head of Wellbeing at Trinity College in Gawler, South Australia. With a passion to develop the physical and mental wellbeing of children, he has led staff, parents and students in Positive Education.
With a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, Tyson has developed programs in Positive Education for Junior Schools. He has also worked with other schools to develop their wellbeing programs. With a passion for relationships, mindsets and developing ‘our best self,’ Tyson is a dynamic presenter to groups of all ages to help them develop in these areas.
We asked Tyson a few questions about friendship and below are his responses:
What’s your favourite childhood memory with friends?
I had a best mate who I would always get into mischief with. A favourite time of year was visiting a park near his house in Spring. It was notorious for magpies with anger issues, protecting their young. We had an annual challenge to see who could reach the park’s centre tree, where most the nests lay, before being attacked. One year we slowly crawled for an hour at a snail pace to reach the tree undetected for the first time. Within metres of the tree my friend lay in front of me. In a moment of brilliance I gently tied his shoelaces together. Then I stood and ran. Magpies set upon both us but my friend didn’t get far. To this day he has a healthy fear of birds.
What quality do you admire most in your friends?
Friends who are authentic and don’t take themselves too seriously. Friends who value kindness and put others first.
What challenges did you face in your friendships as a kid?
I was very shy as a child. I lacked confidence and avoided risks. This often meant it took me a while to make friends in new settings.