The University of Newcastle, Australia

Bachelor of Education (Primary) student Sheralee lives by the advice she offers to others.

After putting study on the back burner to raise her three children, it wasn’t until Sheralee’s youngest headed off to Kindergarten that she decided it was time to make her career the priority. This included a change of focus from finance to following her passion for education.

“My mind was set, I was going to become a teacher!”

“Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do, but the timing for me just didn’t fit until my youngest child was ready for primary school.

“I’ve always loved learning and helping others to learn. After volunteering with our kids’ school P&C Committee for several years, it reignited my desire to become a teacher – to make a difference in the lives of school children and the community,” Sheralee said.

The challenge that laid ahead – balancing full-time study while still supporting her family – was, in Sheralee’s words, going to require some ‘juggling’.

“Juggling study and home life can be challenging at times, but you just have to be super organised.

“I found that because I’ve made sacrifices to be a full-time student, I’m even more motivated to be the best student I can be,” Sheralee added.

Reflecting on her studies, Sheralee said there have been a number of standout experiences so far, but it was the understanding and encouraging support she received from University staff that left a lasting mark.

“Professor John Fischetti was so inspirational and motivating during his lectures in first year. I remember walking away from them in awe of his enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for education.

“I also found myself blown away by the Educational Psychology team – the support and knowledge they’ve shared is nothing short of amazing.

“I truly believe the effect these experiences have had on me, as a pre-service teacher and as a person, have been invaluable,” Sheralee concluded.

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Sheralee Fisher

Sheralee Fisher studied a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the University of Newcastle.

You are never too old to study or to make a career change.