Dr Sue Simon

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Dr Sue Simon


I was a teacher and principal in Queensland schools for 20 years. Now, I’m an academic at USC with a doctorate in quality teaching and how this contributes to school culture. I love sharing my experiences of being a teacher and leader in schools with those who want to do this themselves.

As a teacher, you need to create a space where students can engage with what they’re learning. That’s why people who can draw from a broad range of life and career experiences make quality teachers, because that first-hand perspective brings subject matter to life for students. Prior to being a teacher I worked for British Airways in London, and students have often responded well to my stories of having been an airline marketing executive travelling the world. The confidence you gain from working in the field also helps to engage your students in what they’re learning.

For anyone thinking of taking up teaching, ask yourself first if you’re passionate about achieving the best possible results for all students? Because there will be a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment ahead. If you are passionate about these things then they are the best foundation for a great teacher, and the Graduate Diploma is a great way to get your teaching career underway.

The Graduate Diploma is an intensive 12-month course that certainly will present you with challenges, but it prepares graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge, and accreditation required to succeed in the best, and arguably most important job in the world; preparing the future generation to be successful in what they choose to do.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary).
Last ever intake for one-year course - Semester 1, 2017. Apply now.

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