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Where there’s a will

Where there’s a will

When Taylah was in Year 12, tension was running high in the school hallways. Career dreams were at stake, and it was an ATAR score that could make or break a year (if not 12 years) of hard work. But Taylah wasn’t one to buckle under the pressure. “Teachers always told us that exams were…
A door into uni, no matter your ATAR

A door into uni, no matter your ATAR

On ATAR release day, Daniel was one of many Year 12 students across Australia in no mood to celebrate. “I thought all of my hard work didn’t really equate to the mark that I received back” he says. Nobody in Daniel’s family had been to university, but they held the idea of education in high…
Study in the fast lane

Study in the fast lane

Darren is a young man to watch out for – he’s 20 years old, intelligent, and immensely driven. His dream is to become signed to a record label, and he wants to start pursuing it now. With skills in singing, piano, guitar and saxophone, Darren’s got the artistry behind him, but it’s the marketing skills…
Looking to the future

Looking to the future

As someone who started out studying history, life is now all about the future for Brendan. This secondary school teacher is tackling not only his own future, having returned to study to become a secondary school principal, but he’s determined to influence the future of education as a whole.   Life’s no longer about historical events, that’s…
Learning to lead the way

Learning to lead the way

Numbers were always a thing of comfort for Behnoud – an international language that he could take anywhere, and put to work right away. But what threw him was leadership – something he was never taught as an emerging engineer. Behnoud’s career in mechanical engineering began in the south of Iran, where he grew up,…
The Navy medic making new beginnings

The Navy medic making new beginnings

If there’s a profession you might consider taxing, it’s got to be working in the Navy. But for Navy medic Adrian, there was no ocean wide enough to keep him from returning to study.   Navy medics are responsible for evacuating casualties, nursing the wounded, giving trauma care and providing life support. Adrian’s role involves training others in…
Bringing drama to the classroom

Bringing drama to the classroom

With an impressive performing arts resume behind him, teacher-in-training Tim is quashing the idea that ‘those who can’t do, teach’. Tim grew up with musical theatre, with a talent for singing, dancing and acting. Like many aspiring performers with big dreams, Tim moved over to the US to pursue a career in the arts. Over…
Live, Learn, Teach

Live, Learn, Teach

When it comes to her career, Louise loves to pack in as much variety as she can. From science, to business marketing, and now to secondary teaching, Louise is making sure that every day holds an opportunity to learn something new, and pass it onto others. In high school, Louise gravitated toward all things science.…
Young minds in Nikki’s hands

Young minds in Nikki’s hands

Seven years ago, Nikki decided to make the move from the Philippines to Sydney, to broaden her opportunities, and challenge herself in a new environment. With a psychology degree to her name, Nikki went back into study – this time, focusing her energy on early childhood education. As a naturally warm and patient person, Nikki…
Inside Mrs Kettle’s classroom

Inside Mrs Kettle’s classroom

We all know someone who can light up a room as soon as they walk in. That’s Ally Kettle. In her case, it’s a primary school classroom full of children, who are mesmerised by her energy, her command, and her passion for teaching. “My passion is in the classroom, and that’s where I get the…

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