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Celia, Cohort 2013

Celia Fairley

Cohort 2013

Life before Teach For Australia

Horticulturist

Teaching Areas

Science, Agriculture & Horticulture, Maths, Performing Arts

Current Employment

Classroom Teacher at Horsham College


Celia had an established career as a horticulturist, but now she’s a science teacher. “I wasn’t necessarily looking for an entire career change, but as soon as I heard about TFA it seemed like a perfect fit,” she says.

She realised that she was drawn to teaching, but felt that she couldn’t afford to pause her life in order to study. “My partner and I had a mortgage; I was working in a completely different industry and didn’t feel my employer would be supportive of my taking time off for placements. TFA provided me with a realistic opportunity to work, learn and earn, all while experiencing the sense of fulfilment that arises from engaging in something meaningful.”

One of her favourite memories from teaching was in a Year 8 science class, when she’d set a creative response task for students to demonstrate understanding of the rock cycle.” Three students created a parody of the chorus to the song ‘Stolen Dance,’ complete with video clip and correct scientific detail. It included the opening line ‘rocks are cool, they come from volcanoes…’ That was in 2014, yet I frequently have their parody stuck in my head!”

If she could give her younger self at the start of the program some advice, it would be: “Back yourself. Teacher self-efficacy is incredibly important, not only to student outcomes, but to teacher wellbeing. Put stock in your own intelligence, education and reflective capacity and don’t let self-doubt hold you back.”