"It's a hell of a way to make a living" says Jim Wilson, Principal at Frankston Primary School. He's revving up five first year students as they commence their initial placements as part of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary). Preparation is the key according to Jim as he explains a few of the challenges that teachers can face, before returning to a familiar theme, his passion for teaching.
The Faculty of Education caught up with the five students in their first week of study, each with their own stories of previous experience and future ambitions.
Jo-Anne Rich has recently returned from England, where she had been teaching for the last two years. Although Jo-Anne trained in England through a Graduate Teacher Program, she will need to complete the Graduate Diploma of Education in order to qualify as a teacher in Australia.
Krista Burdis and Ashline Mathias both hail from Canada, and next year aim to begin their teaching careers back home. Both Krista and Ashline were drawn to teaching careers after enjoying several school placement experiences during their previous studies.
Similarly, James Davies did placements at two primary schools as part of his social work degree at RMIT. James is keen on working towards a welfare position at a primary school. In fact, after entering his fifth year of tertiary study James says "I'm just ready to work!"
Subarani Thirumalaiswamy embarks on her Graduate Diploma of Education with substantial qualifications. Having completed a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Computer Applications in India, Subarani already has lecturing experience, and hopes to begin PhD studies in the future.
The Faculty of Education wishes these five enthusiastic students every success in their studies in 2008.