After seeing firsthand the positive impact teachers can have on their students, Matthew Vaughan chose to pursue a career in education and disability studies
I was fortunate throughout my own schooling to have been taught by many great teachers, who really cared about their students. My younger sister, who has Down’s syndrome, inspired me to undertake a degree with a focus on special education.
The most important quality in a teacher is that they care about their students. Teachers who care about their students will give their all to provide lessons that students can actively participate in to the best of their own abilities.
The highlight of my degree so far has been the professional placements. Though I found balancing my university and work schedules difficult, it has served as a good lesson in time management.
The most important thing for education students to do is ask questions. I’ve been given the opportunity to talk with some very knowledgeable teachers, and, by constantly asking questions and seeking knowledge, I’ve been able to learn from these experts and develop my own education theories.
As I begin my career in teaching, I feel like I will be granted a lot of opportunities to grow as a teacher. I hope to be able to take what I have learned in Melbourne back home to Darwin and to schools in other areas in the Northern Territory. My goal in studying teaching is to have a positive impact on the community.