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Meet the teachers inspiring thousands to follow in their footsteps

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These 4 teachers-turned-ambassadors shared their personal stories of life as a teacher

Last year, 4 exceptional Queensland teachers swapped their roles in the classroom to meet with more than 8,500 budding educators.

As Teach Queensland Ambassadors—Joel Davis, Lauren Evans, Katrina Peall and Serena Burnett (pictured) inspired potential educators with real-life and personal insights into their much-loved profession.

Attending hundreds of events and visiting locations from Hobart to Chinchilla, the 4 met with high school and university students as well as with new graduates ready to apply for their first roles.

As well as inspiring these potential teachers, the ambassadors found they learned much from the experience.

'Whether visiting new places or talking to new people, I gained a wider knowledge and perspective of the range of work undertaken across Queensland’s Department of Education,' ambassador Joel Davis said.

'Sharing my own teaching story reinforced just how much I love my job and missed being in the classroom.'

'I want to share my story with others, so they might consider a career in teaching or perhaps choose their next teaching position in a rural or remote Queensland school,' he said.

Each of the four have now returned to Queensland state schools with enhanced skills and knowledge. Joel is embarking on his next education adventure as Acting Principal in a rural school, two hours north of Roma.

Serena's ambassador experience helped her realise her passion lay in remote education—watch her story, teaching and living in "one of the most beautiful places in the world". She is now Head of Primary on Palm Island at Bwgcolman Community School. In Brisbane, Lauren has chosen to focus on health and wellbeing in a curriculum role, and Katrina has returned to her first love, primary teaching.

With the four returning to classrooms, 3 new ambassadors for 2020 have been announced: special education teacher Ryan Decaria, English and dance teacher Michelle Peters and primary teacher James Hall. They are looking forward to a year of sharing their own unique experiences with the next generation of Queensland teachers. More information is available about our 2020 ambassadors.

To find out more about a career in teaching, visit Teach Queensland at teachqld.gov.au.

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Last updated 12 November 2020