After leaving high school, I worked in marketing until I started a degree in Psychology, but I only lasted six months in the course and then began work in a carvery. I did some outside school hours care, and finally worked in a school as a teacher aide. It all led to teaching!
I applied and was accepted into the LCTECE program in January, 2016. Through that I have been amongst a range of valuable learning experiences, I have been flown to Melbourne to attend the 2016 Pause Festival, and attended the 2017 Teaching the Whole Child conference. Thanks to this program, I have also had the chance to get to know, and be trained by, influential people within the Logan region such as the Assistant Regional Director, members of Human Resources and a great many principals. Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to access a highly-experienced mentor and a close-knit preservice professional community of like-minded individuals.
I decided to get into teaching because of two people - a teacher I worked with as a teacher aide and one of my best friends, who was studying at the time as a mature-aged student. She inspired me because she had a similar background to mine; low grades in high school and a history of working low-skill jobs. It was the first time that I thought I might be capable of going to university and succeeding.
In my first year out, one of the biggest challenges was deciding what my expectations were for the kids in my class. I didn’t realise that without truly experiencing teaching, it is impossible to decide exactly what I am OK with and what I am not.
My school environment has been incredibly supportive. I feel so lucky to have access to so many amazing teachers who are all willing to help in every way.
I’ve been really enjoying the opportunities for problem solving that teaching presents - there is always something that needs improving and it keeps things interesting.
My 2016 students were fantastic. So full of life and unafraid to voice their opinions and beliefs. We developed a very strong connection and I was very sad to see them go!
I couldn’t be happier that I pursued teaching. Even though there are days where I am so exhausted that I forget to eat, or so frustrated that I could scream, the kids always find a way to remind me of just how lucky I am. A good example was on my birthday, when all of my students hid in the classroom before school. When I walked in, they jumped out and surprised me with small gifts and beautifully written letters. How could I not be glad?