Kiama’ s a wonderful coastal town, the people are extremely friendly and have been very welcoming.

In 2012 I moved to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Visual Communication design at the University of Technology Sydney. After a year in the degree, I realised that the industry didn’t fit with who I was as a person and what I wanted to do with my life. 

I always found childhood development, learning and education fascinating, so a career in the teaching profession was very appealing.

Standing in front of my own class for the first time was an extremely daunting, yet exhilarating experience.

I don’t think I really understood the administrative side of teaching and how much time it would take up in my day.  Things like understanding and applying school policies, writing interim reports and semester reports, updating PLAN data, plotting students on the Literacy and Numeracy Continuum and maintaining accreditation all take up more time than I expected. 

Catering for the different needs of 30 students every day and engaging them in valuable learning experiences is always challenging.  But every day I am learning new ways to differentiate and new pedagogies to overcome this challenge. 

I’ve found it hard to switch off...  Also, I didn’t realise how physically and emotionally drained I would be at the end of some days!   

What I’m most enjoying about this year is really getting to know the students in my class and the different ways they learn, their strengths, their interests and using these to engage them in their learning.

From day one everyone was happy to share resources, answer any of my questions and even just pop their heads into my class to see how my day was. 

I am most looking forward to getting some experience under my belt, to be honest. I love learning

It’s an exciting time to be in education with more and more research investigating new innovative practices and pedagogies that begin to unpack what education could and does look like in contemporary schools and classrooms.