Danielle Thomas

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Danielle Thomas enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) in 2009, choosing to complete the LOTE and Humanities specialist learning areas. Since graduating in 2010, she has been working full-time at Taylors Lakes Secondary College, and at the early stage of her career has already reached a number of milestones.

In 2013, she was the English as an Additional Language Coordinator, and was also the Year 12 Student Leader Co-ordinator. In this role, she worked with high achieving students keen to participate in community based projects and develop their leadership skills.

This year, Danielle advanced into a new role as the school's Japan Exchange Coordinator which sees her leading 14 students on an annual two-week school tour in Japan. She also manages a homestay program that offers students from Taylors Lakes' Japanese partner school the chance to stay in family homes in Australia.

"As a language teacher, this has been the highlight of my career," says Danielle.

Danielle does not allow her exciting and demanding new role distract her from her original passion. She continues to promote the study of languages at local primary school s, and was invited to run Japanese lessons to promote studying Languages as part of the 2013 Keilor Primary School Education Week Project.

"The Master of Teaching is a lot of hard work, but everything we did is relevant to the practical side of teaching," Danielle reflects.

"Once I had graduated, the support from the program did not stop. During my first year as a graduate teacher, I remained in contact with my practicum supervisor from St Alban's Secondary College, where he has continued to mentor, give me guidance and share resources. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from him," she adds.

"I have wanted to be a teacher since secondary school and I'm really enjoying it. I feel that the Master of Teaching really prepared me for the classroom."