I always wanted to be a teacher – Sonia
NSW Department of Education
teach.NSW interviewed Sonia, an infants/primary teacher and recipient of the Teacher Education Scholarship – Aboriginal.
The video begins with some infants school children running on a school field, with Sonia cheering them on. The picture then cuts to Sonia engaging with her students in the classroom. Sonia is speaking interview style to the camera, and as she speaks, the picture occasionally changes to show a variety of shots in which Sonia is interacting with her class, who are doing things like standing outside in a line, wearing headphones while using computer terminals, and sitting around a large table doing crafts.
I've always wanted to be a teacher, always wanted to be a teacher. Ever since I was little, I used to drag the neighbours into my backyard and set up my own little classroom and my blackboard.
All the teachers throughout my education were very inspirational for very different reasons and I embrace that, and I hope now that I take on all their good qualities now as a teacher. I actually value their input more now that I'm a teacher and I respect them a lot more as well. For the future, I'd like to be able to be an influential member of the Education Department and I want to be able to influence and help students reach their true potential.
I thought it was important to apply for the Aboriginal Teacher Scholarship for numerous reasons, it gave me security, it gave me confidence as an Aboriginal woman to be able to teach in the education system and I felt supported by that. If you're thinking of taking on a scholarship, apply now. Take it and run with it. The opportunity is there. It's a fantastic opportunity, you get paid for studying and there is a full-time position at the end of it, which is security guaranteed.
I'm here in my classroom, doing what I love.
The video ends with a fade out to the teach.NSW logo