Meet Viknesh Appanasamy

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) teacher candidate.

What’s your background?

I am a Singapore-born, global-bred student who did my undergraduate studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London majoring in Arts Management

What made you decide to enrol in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)?

I always had a passion for the arts and children. In my previous job as a member of a cabin crew, I always enjoyed interacting with children and loved having them on board. This passion drove me to start a career in the education sector. I wanted to empower their lives through quality education.

I knew that as a student at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), I would have the luxury of time to explore my options and find the right career path for me. I knew that it was going to be a great program, with highly qualified and experienced professors that would ultimately prepare me well for any profession after graduating.

MGSE is one of the most superior graduate schools in Australia and one of the top 10 education schools in the world. It is an honour and privilege to be part of such a fine institution.

What’s been the most challenging part of the course?

Each and every student at MGSE is so vibrant, involved and passionate about their field, and there is a thread of energy that permeates through the elegant campus, which really motivates me to step outside of my comfort zone and realise my potential in the form of academic and personal development.

What’s been the most valuable aspect of the course?

The course has been intended to develop me as a holistic teacher by learning from fine academics, engaging in research opportunities and undertaking plethora of extracurricular activities.

How are you finding the clinical teaching model that the Melbourne Graduate School of Education uses?

The clinical teaching model enables me to turn theory into practice. As the lectures or other subjects are built gradually over the weeks, the clinical teaching model at MGSE offers me an incredible sense of balance. I love that at MGSE, I can find a balance between learning theory from high calibre academics, and putting this into practice with the clinical teaching model.

How prepared did you feel going into the block placement later this month?

The feedback from the mentor teacher, teaching fellow and clinical specialist are valuable and help me in recalibrating my focus. I understand the areas that I need to improve in, and how to equip myself for the block placement. This moulds me to be a better educator and maximises the quality of educational development in the children I’ll teach.

What would you say to something thinking about doing this course?

I would first ask if this is the path they want to embark on. The course requires a true passion and dedication more than anything else to succeed.  It is challenging yet fulfilling. I knew that by choosing MGSE, I would not be disappointed.

I will graduate not only with the myriad academic but cultural experiences that make this graduate school special. The lecturers are experts in their respective field and have a wealth of knowledge to share with us. You are being taught by the best, to be the best. The responsibility of a teacher in early years education is an enormous one and the academics are there to craft you into the greatest educator you can be.

Viknesh Appanasamy
Viknesh Appanasamy.