Classroom experience led to teaching in the Kimberley
The attraction of the Early Offer Program, during the stress of year 12, initially drew Taryn to Notre Dame to study a Bachelor of Primary Education.
“The more I thought about Notre Dame and talked to people, I heard nothing bad about it and that teaching had the most prac available and how important that was. So I decided for my career that it was the best decision to make to go to Notre Dame,” Taryn says.
“I have been able to learn so much out in the field and to apply theory in the classroom to see how different teaching styles suit me and how the students respond.”
Taryn was first exposed to the possibility of remote teaching, while visiting Tjuntjuntjarra (550km east of Kalgoorlie) with a group of Notre Dame lecturers and students.
“It took me another two years to build the confidence in my teaching skills to try something completely different. I decided to book an appointment with the Prac Office just to talk about it and see if it was practical. Within a few weeks I was told I was heading to Ngalapita Remote Community School, (a one teacher school) to teach pre-primary – year 7. I was so nervous but really excited. I ended up loving it and was offered a position for the following three years whilst I was there.”
"Notre Dame's core units have given me a holistic education. The core units are largely reflective, which is an important skill that teachers must obtain. They taught me to think deeply about my practices and perspectives as a teacher," she says.
I have gained a greater understanding of ‘why’ I want to teach, not just ‘what’ and ‘how’ I should teach.
The Ngalapita Remote Community School is located in the Koorabye community, which has 50 residents and is located 200 km south west of Fitzroy Crossing.
“The kids, community members and school staff are all amazing. I feel really lucky that I have the opportunity to return there and begin my teaching career in such a positive environment.”
“As a teacher making relationships with the students is really important to understand their needs and work with them individually. It’s also important to know how to deliver content well and Notre Dame prepared me really well for this,” Taryn says.