BACHELOR OF EDUCATION IN PRIMARY TEACHING (GRADUATE ENTRY), 2013 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY, 2010
Wendy's inspirational story proves that there are several paths to take when following your dreams. As a new UC Psychology graduate, Wendy was unsure what to do with herself. After taking a job in community service, providing play based therapy to young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Wendy had a revelation – she really enjoyed working with and teaching children. Instead of pursuing a career in psychology, Wendy headed back to UC, and in 2013, she graduated with Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching.
UC's Bachelor of Education offers practical hands-on experience, helping student teachers bridge the gap between classroom study and real world teaching. Wendy credits her UC teaching mentors with finally turning her dream of teaching into a reality. "It was here that I learned from experienced, passionate and inspiring teachers. I was lucky to spend time with three mentors who worked closely with me as a student teacher, who allowed me to take risks and grow as an educator."
Together, through UC's Teacher Education Professional Experience program, and Wendy's dedication to her passion, Wendy was granted a contract with a primary school to start gaining first-hand teaching experience. After graduating, Wendy was offered a permanent job and is now a full-fledged teacher with the ACT Department of Education, teaching Year 2 students at the Ngunnawal Primary School.
"As a student, I was constantly told that teaching is a demanding job," Wendy says. "Six months into my career as a graduate teacher, I know this is all too true! However, it's when my students leave me little notes or bring me in a cupcake for being 'the best teacher ever', I remember why I chose this career path."