Future Teacher Scholarships winners 2013
As the son of two educators, future teacher and Concord West resident Ryan Evans has witnessed not only the demands, but the incredible rewards, that being a teacher can bring.
“While it’s not the most glamorous profession in the world – and certainly not the highest paid – teaching has the potential to shape those glamorous and highly-paid professionals of the future. The role of teaching in today’s society is to create the society of tomorrow”.
For Orange student teacher, Monica Peasley, following in the footsteps of her educator parents has not always been an easy task, especially living away from home and attempting to work part-time while undertaking full time studies.
“I’ve watched my parents and others achieve excellence in the field of education, promoting and enforcing equality in the classroom and fostering the individuality of students. I have a passion for social justice and want to use my ambition to make a difference in the life of my students.
“Being in my final year and busy with teaching practicums makes it the most difficult year for me to work on top of my study. The extra assistance from the Future Teacher Scholarship will help ease the cost of books as well as living expenses”.
For future teacher and Burradoo resident Christian Watson, the decision to go back to go to university full-time to finish his degree was not an easy one with a wife and young child to support.
“Making the decision to study full-time I knew would strain our young family this year, but would be worthwhile in the long run. My wife has been very supportive of my decision and I’m grateful for the support of Teachers Mutual Bank in helping me achieve my teaching dream”.
“The Future Teacher Scholarship will provide me with a helping hand so I can focus on my future and not worry about my finances”.
“I believe teaching is the most important profession in today’s society, it has the power to inspire children regardless of socio-economic origin to strive to achieve their dreams and contribute to society.”
Passionate about teaching, particularly about healthy life skills, led Leanne to enrol full time in university. But going back to university as a single mum with four children strained the household finances as she had her hands full with university study, a part-time education job, and taking care of her children.
“I want to become a Home Economics teacher to help students learn healthy and sustainable life skills. In today’s society, often both parents work and don’t always have the time to pass on advice to their children the way we used to. I believe children should leave school with a foundation on how to make successful life choices and contribute to society.”
Sue-Ellen Adler graduated with a Primary Teaching degree at age 49 after spending over six years doing part-time study while raising two children, helping her husband with his business and working part-time.
“I’m what you’d describe as an ‘old’ new teacher. However, life experience brings for me a special insight into the importance of a good education.”
21-year-old Jessica Ridley is pursuing a Bachelor of Education with a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University. She works part-time at a childcare centre but shifts are sporadic depending on need at the centre and her limited availability due to attending university full-time, netball and softball demands on weekends.
“My work at the childcare centre and coaching has affirmed my love for teaching. As I go into my final year and continue practical experience in classrooms, this scholarship will make things much easier for me to focus on finishing my degree,” Jessica said.