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Unique ambassador role inspires future Queensland teachers

2018 Education Careers Ambassadors, from left Alison Terhorst, Marika Hill, Bree Seibel and Aaron Bates.

During 2018, 4 intrepid Queensland state school teachers took their education skills, experience and enthusiasm beyond the classroom to help inspire future teachers.

As part of the Department of Education's inaugural Education Career Ambassador program the teachers travelled to universities, schools and careers fairs across Queensland and also interstate, giving a unique first-hand perspective to students, pre-service, beginning and experienced teachers about what it's like to be a Queensland state school teacher.

2018 Education Career Ambassador Aaron Bates said each ambassador had a very different pathway into teaching and their teaching careers have been vastly different.

"We've been able to share authentic stories and give real insight into the diversity of being a teacher in Queensland," he said.

"It's been very rewarding to engage with those who are planning to embark on their own education careers and to also gain an insight into the wider work undertaken across the department to ensure that every student across the state has access to equal educational opportunities."

Over the last year the ambassador team have shared their adventures through a series of Teach Queensland social media posts and videos.

Most of these have also featured the unofficial fifth member of the team, their trusty information suitcase nicknamed Ron who, due to the sheer range of places visited, has almost become an Instagram star in his own right.

After visiting 125 events talking to aspiring teachers, who themselves are now hoping to join a team of more than 50,000 state schools teachers across Queensland, the ambassadors are now returning to their classrooms and are making way for 4 new teachers.

Taking up the roles for 2019 are North Queensland primary teacher Serena Burnett, Far North Queensland primary teacher Joel Davis and Brisbane teachers Katrina Peall and Lauren Evans.

Outgoing Education Career Ambassador Alison Terhorst said one of the highlights was travelling to regional and rural locations including the very first school that she taught at 14 years ago in Mount Isa.

"It was emotional to go back to a school community which had so positively shaped my own teaching career," she said.

"Our ambassador experiences have proved so important in helping to build connections between new and experienced teachers.

Being able to meet so many people who are passionate about education has been amazing and I am now returning to the classroom with renewed enthusiasm for what is a really unique and wonderful profession," she said.

To find out more about teaching careers visit Teach Queensland.

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Last updated
21 January 2019