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International teacher transitions through TAFE

Broome mother Kiran Sharma is transitioning back into her beloved teaching profession with assistance from North Regional TAFE.

A qualified school teacher in India, Kiran migrated to Broome last year and enrolled at TAFE, with a goal of transitioning into childcare, and eventually, the Australian education system.

Kiran undertook a Certificate I in General Education for Adults 22236VIC to improve her English and within a few months, had also enrolled in a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113.

English lessons with lecturer Jane Appleton assisted Kiran to develop her confidence in speaking the language fluently, with other like-minded individuals in a familiar setting.

“When I first came to Australia, I felt like I was losing my identity. During English classes, we cooked food from our different cultures, and I was improving my English without realising,” Kiran said.

Children Services lecturers Liz Thomas and Vicki Hynam assisted Kiran with work placement at the Mulberry Tree Childcare & Kindy, and not long after, Kiran secured employment at Broome Out Of School Care Children’s Activities (BOSCCA).

“I love my job and I thank TAFE for helping me to get it. I have learnt so many things through TAFE and it means I can continue working with children, which I love to do.

“Eventually I hope to continue working with children in an Australian school.”

Page last updated February 06, 2018