Shannon Lee and his wife are both travelling teachers that love a good challenge! So, it made sense after a few years of teaching in the UK, that they would come home to Australia and search for their next teaching adventure. Four years spent in Charter Towers has given Shannon an incredible experience, career progression and sound advice for other teachers who are interested in relocation.
Initially we were unsure of what living in a regional town would be like, but after taking the plunge and completing four years in regional Queensland, we would encourage anyone wanting to progress their career to do the same!
One of the best experiences for us has been learning about the cultures of different groups of Australians. We get to work with many indigenous young people as well as working with many grazier families during an extended drought. This has given us a better understanding of some of the challenges everyday Australians are facing across our country. Getting involved in the community as much as possible, or social sport is a great way to make new friends. The people we have met have become lifelong friends and we have also had the opportunity to travel to places we may otherwise have never seen.
For other teachers thinking about moving to regional Queensland, my first piece of advice would be to go for it! Taking a teaching or middle leadership position in regional Queensland can provide the opportunity for rapid career progression. Due to the size of many of the schools you will be given more leadership responsibilities. You get the most out of an experience like this if you are 100% committed to your school for at least 3-5 years. The leadership experience I gained in Charters Towers has helped me transition into a Senior Leadership position in South East Queensland.
In summary if you are thinking about it, take the plunge and commit – you won’t regret it!
Did you know
- Regional Queensland encompasses the Darling Downs, Central and North Queensland and Coastal Queensland
- These tourism hot spots have beautiful weather all year round and offer some of the most picturesque backdrops in Australia including the Great Barrier Reef and Regional Outback
- Regional schools offer accelerated career progression, excellent mentoring and early career opportunities, additional leave, relocation and accommodation assistance and a tight-knit teaching community to help you get settled
- Queensland is currently undergoing significant change in curriculum at the senior level, however, from Prep (Age 5) to Year 10 (Age 15) schools follow the Australian Curriculum for all Key Learning Areas. You can find out more about Australian Curriculum at https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
- For information about the structure and curriculum in the senior phase of schooling, please visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority at https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/
- To teach in Queensland, you will need to have registration with the Queensland College of Techers, the professional body for the profession in the state. Teachers from other states and territories in Australia and New Zealand are able to apply for mutual recognition of their existing registration. For more information about registering to teach in Queensland, consult http://www.qct.edu.au