Dr Penny Mitchell
Dr Penny Mitchell [nee Hentschel] graduated from Cedars in 2004. With a determined work ethic in the classroom and a quiet Christian faith that influenced those around her, Penny left school to pursue a career in medicine.
Having completed her Bachelor of Science (nutrition) at the University of Wollongong, she successfully sat the GAMSAT examination and enrolled in the third intake of medical students at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong.
Penny’s says her career highlights so far include working around children.
‘I have worked as part of the Paediatrics team on the Children’s Ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Wollongong Hospital. A major aspect of my job has been caring for and treating unwell children. Being involved in their recovery then getting them back home with their families, happy and healthy again, has been particularly rewarding.’
Penny is currently working at a local medical practice and undergoing specialist medical training to fulfil a life long dream of becoming a General Practitioner, which she is finding to be an enormously rewarding, challenging and varied career and that no two days are ever the same.
She has fond memories of her time at Cedars.
‘School life definitely helped prepare me for university studies and career in medicine in many ways. Having a nurturing and supportive learning environment really helped to create a sound background academically.’
‘Beyond that, I valued being a part of various community, music and sporting activities, and the College fostered development of interpersonal skills, team work and community spirit, all of which contribute to being a well rounded person with a solid foundation to continue building on through life.’