I lived in the Mandurah area for most of my life but I got my teaching degree in Perth. I’m now a qualified teacher working close to where I grew up.
Because I completed my minor in inclusive education, I was able to land a full-time job teaching students with disabilities. I have a class of eight students, and I manage three education assistants. I only graduated in February 2020 so I think it’s a pretty incredible achievement for someone straight out of uni to be managing a team of adults and teaching students with a diverse range of needs.
Who am I outside of work? I like musicals and the arts, and I love travelling. I’ve been to 32 countries and my goal is to make it to 40 countries before I’m 30. My favourite trip was a solo six-week trek through South America.
I’d always wanted to be a teacher – it’s in my DNA – but I needed to go somewhere where I felt I belonged. I was studying education at another uni but found the environment to be too competitive and I wasn’t enjoying my time there. When I visited the Murdoch campus, it just felt right. I transferred my teaching degree in 2016 and it was the best decision ever.
I could write a novel about all the things I got from my time at Murdoch! I’ll keep it brief:
Practice is everything in teaching. Throughout the course we had over 18 weeks of practical experience in schools, working with real students in real classrooms.
I also got to use SimLab. The avatars are voiced by actors and isn’t scripted so you can have natural conversations with them. It made me more career-ready because it gave me opportunities to make mistakes and learn in a safe environment with my tutors nearby ready to assist. I became more confident that I could be a good teacher – online and in real life – and I was able to use what I had learned to produce engaging content for my students.
Now, looking back, I can’t express how much it prepared me for COVID-19 and the things we, as teachers, had to do under the circumstances.
Take every opportunity that presents itself to you, especially volunteering. That’s where I made the best memories and the most useful connections and networks. Also, keep an open mind and embrace the diversity that surrounds you. You will meet people from all walks of life in your classes or even when waiting to get a coffee at the café. Murdoch is special like that.