Upon leaving Year 12, Anna Huynh had no idea what she wanted to do. But after becoming an aunt while at uni, she realised she was fascinated by early childhood development and so a career was born.
I’m an early childhood and primary school teacher, currently teaching Prep at Queen of Apostles Stafford.
I have a real passion for early childhood education – I feel that they are the most crucial years in a child’s life and it is important to set up a good foundation for their early education years.
I would recommend ACU’s education degree in a heartbeat! The course was a good combination of theory, practical and fun...
I used the fact that it was my first year last year as a “bonding” opportunity with my students.
I told them that I had a secret and the secret was that I was just as nervous as they were about starting school, because it was also my first day/year and then we made a promise to help each other out all year to learn everything there was to know about the school.
I was more worried about the parents knowing that I was a graduate teacher, but they were so lovely and so supportive.
I found it hard to have a work-life balance! I was so concerned about being the best teacher I could be for my kids that I would spend countless hours on Pinterest (a teacher’s best friend but also worst nightmare!) finding new and engaging activities.
I would finish school and be too tired to go to the gym or to make dinner … It took me about 6 months to find a work-life balance, and now I allow myself one “school night” outing to catch up with friends and family.
I was blessed with a wonderful teaching team. They supported me through my first year, I don’t know what I would’ve done without them! One thing that did surprise me was how attached I got to the children, so much so, I call them “my kids” rather than my class.