Science and Humanities
Classroom Teacher and Inclusion Coordinator at Sunbury Downs College
“It sounds trite, but I genuinely wanted to give back,” Dan says. “I have been blessed with fantastic opportunities as a result of having had a combination of a fantastic education and a supportive home life that put great value on education. Some situations in my previous work brought me into contact with young people who had none of those advantages and whose life choices were being constrained as a result. I heard about TFA and its mission, and I applied.”
At the same time, “It would be disingenuous to gloss over the financial benefits of the program when compared to other pathways.” For Dan, Teach For Australia offered a viable way to start a teaching career. “As an older person with a family, with a lot of commitments, the Teach For Australia program really made a lot of sense for me. To be able to get straight into teaching was daunting, but really exciting also. Look it’s tough. Those first two years are really hard. There’s a tremendous amount of work to do. For any teacher, the first two years in the classroom are really intense. The emotional and time load that there was over those two years was perhaps the biggest challenge.”
“The most rewarding thing – I mean, everybody says this – but it’s the interaction with the kids. Every day they make you laugh, they’re exasperating, but every day is a new day and every day you learn something new from them.”
Our Associates come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and many had never considered teaching before joining the program. But our community shares a strong passion and commitment in helping to achieve equity in education in Australia.