Aboriginal education is my passion
As a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in a small country town in NSW I chose to study education because Aboriginal education is my passion in life.
I believe, that through education, I can challenge the tide of low expectations and make a positive difference to educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.
With the support of my family and a scholarship from the NSW Department of Education and Training, I studied a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Charles Sturt University (CSU). I faced many hurdles which included time management issues and personal commitments. In spite of this I had a determination to succeed and challenge others' negative stereotypical beliefs about my culture.
At 24, I am very proud of my achievements. In 2008, I received a permanent teaching position at a school in Orange, NSW and I am now working at James Cook University (JCU) as the Student Equity Project Officer.
Pursuing university study is one of the best choices I have made in my life. I have developed academically, socially and emotionally. As an Aboriginal woman I have a strong sense of pride in my achievements. University opened up windows of opportunity and has given me the ability to work anywhere in the world. I believe that studying an undergraduate degree was my stepping-stone to success.