Teachers of the future

Jo Evans and Danielle Trigg are currently undertaking professional experience in teaching at St Patrick's Parish in Cooma. Photo: Tina Zunic

Jo Evans and Danielle Trigg are currently undertaking professional experience in teaching at St Patrick's Parish in Cooma. Photo: Tina Zunic

JO Evans and Danielle Trigg are currently completing their four-week professional teaching experience at St Patrick's Parish School Cooma.

Both women are currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Education by distance with Ms Evans studying at the University of New England and Ms Trigg studying at Wesley Institute Sydney.

Ms Trigg is a former student of St Pat's and was thrilled when she found out she would be returning for teaching experience.

"The staff are absolutely amazing and it's such a warm, friendly environment," Ms Trigg said.

"It's so lovely to be back."

Ms Trigg will be qualified to teach high school subjects, biology and chemistry and Ms Evans will be qualified to teach English.

Both Ms Trigg and Ms Evans have been enjoying their time at St Pat's as they experience real teaching environments.

"Staff and students have been so welcoming and helpful. Sue Stubbs is currently my supervising teacher and I couldn't have asked for someone with more knowledge and experience," Ms Evans explained.

"Her lessons and choice of teaching material are so different and innovative. Students are so engaged, I couldn't have a better person to learn from."

An important part of completing professional experience is learning the implementation of various learning techniques.

"You may have ideas of what you think may work with a class, but the actual application will always be different and never to plan," Ms Trigg explained.

"You may have a student who is having a bad day or you might break 10 test tubes in class. It's all about what you do on your feet."

Whilst they may still have a few months left of their degrees, both women agreed that they will be taking the values shared at St Pat's into their own classrooms.

"Just the opportunity both Danielle and I have had at this school has been amazing. We are both valued and treated so respectfully - we're more like colleagues than students," Ms Evans said.

"I think that's really valuable and it has made my experience here a pleasant one."

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