Kevin Costa

Kevin Costa is an educator, outdoor guide, cartoonist, aging cricketer and committed Disc Golfer. Living with his beautiful wife Sharon near Molong in Central West NSW he works as a multi-faculty Head Teacher at the local Central School and is a strong, active advocate for the importance of young people connecting with, engaging in and contributing to their communities. Kevin began his teaching career at Miller High School in South Western Sydney where the rich and diverse cultural mix of students had a lasting impact upon his views on the value of understanding, respect and celebration of diversity. At Gloucester High School Kevin developed and established the first Gloucester Multi-cultural Festival. These events featured visits by students from the Miller Intensive English Centre who, through powerful community drama performances, told the stories of their lives while connecting with the local community, living with local families and experiencing life in rural Australia. Now in its eleventh year this has developed into a major cultural event in the Gloucester community with long term significant benefits to those involved. Kevin has now introduced a similar Festival in Molong, which is in its third year and has been widely embraced by the community. Kevin has also run the Duke of Edinburgh Award for over 20 years, introducing hundreds of students to the outdoors and the personal benefits of contributing to their community through this program. His current focus project is the restoration and rehabilitation of a large tract of overgrown and neglected land in Molong which he is undertaking with students with the aim of developing a multi-use community park space – he believes that it is projects like these which help engage young people with their community, develop a sense of value and self worth and set up positive values of contribution which can last a lifetime. Kevin’s contribution to young people has been recognised through his receipt of the NSW Department of Education Director General’s Award for Service to Public Education, North Coast Excellence in Teaching Award and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Medal for his service to the program.