The chance to bring positive impact to the lives of young children drove Nicole to pursue a career in early childhood education.
I’ve wanted to teach kindergarten since I was in kindergarten. I always liked looking after children younger than me – whether they were my younger cousins or even my high school teacher’s children – so when I finished high school I was lucky enough to know what I wanted to do.
RMIT provides students with a lot of support. Your lecturers and tutors become fantastic mentors who you can approach if ever you have a problem. The connections I’ve made with my peers and teachers have provided me with a great network of support, both inside and outside the classroom.
The biggest challenge has been finding a balance between work and study, but I’ve been lucky enough to find jobs in various early learning centres, which have given me fantastic opportunities for growth in my studies.
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the joy in a child’s face when they learn something new. A good teacher acknowledges the unique learning style of each individual child, implements inclusive practices, is highly respectful of each child and their family, and is willing to learn and engage in reflective practice.
Education is about compassion and respect. It’s incredibly rewarding and will lead to so much personal growth for you. It can be challenging at times, but I have never had a doubt in my mind that it’s worth it.