Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education, 2009
Teacher, Mountain Creek State High School
Education graduate Brendan Macaulay had plenty of options when he completed his USC degree. But it was the opportunity to join the teaching staff at Mountain Creek State High School that excited him the most. Not only could he live and teach on the Sunshine Coast, but he could return to his high school and make his mark on the school he loved. Now three years into his teaching career, Brendan reflects on his amazing journey from high school student to teacher.
What does your role involve?
I teach maths, science and rugby union to Year 8, 10, 11 and 12 classes and I coach the school’s rugby union 1st XV.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy helping young people find their true place in society—schooling to me is more than just textbook work and answering questions. I enjoy getting to know my students and sharing in their learning experiences. I also really enjoy the coaching side of teaching and the interactions I have with people from all parts of the world.
Do you have any tips for those looking to start a career in teaching?
Do it. Teaching is a fantastic career that allows you to improve and expand your skills both professionally and personally. On a daily basis you help students understand and make sense of the world around them.
How has your degree helped you professionally?
My study helped prepare me for what I would, and am facing every day in the classroom. The lecturers and tutors at USC had all been in the classroom and could give real world accounts of their experiences. This experience has been valuable to my growth as a teacher and as a person.
I also formed great professional and personal friendships with a number of fellow students while at university. This network of teachers keeps in contact and helps each other out when help is required.
How did you get the job?
I was head-hunted by a couple of schools down in Caboolture, but in the end Mountain Creek offered me a permanent position, which is rare for first year teachers on the Sunshine Coast. I am now in my third year of teaching here at the school and I love it.