Ruby Brown is a special education teacher who was inspired to begin her studies by her sister, who is a person with autism. She enjoyed supporting her sister and watching her grow as a result and ‘thought that teaching other children with additional learning and support needs and disabilities would be very rewarding.’
Ruby applied for and was awarded a Teacher Education Scholarship and was ‘thrilled’ to have financial assistance throughout her degree in special education and job security on completion.
‘I knew that I wanted to work for the Department of Education as I consider it to be a most equitable and inclusive system of education, so being able to finish university in November and start at Northlakes in January was fantastic.’
Ruby has enjoyed watching students of ‘all abilities and all walks of life’ grow and develop under her guidance. ‘I have learnt that teaching is so much more than programs and preparation, it is about building strong teacher-student relationships and having fun. I laugh a lot in the classroom and having a small class size allows me to build even stronger rapport with the students.’
Ruby highly recommends training in special education and teaching students with additional learning and support needs and disabilities. She considers it ‘the most rewarding and enjoyable work’ she has ever done.
‘Special education is never boring, as there is so much variety regarding student ability, year groups and subject areas. There is also job security in special education as it is an ever growing area of need. It is a wonderful career option!’
If, like Ruby, you are passionate about helping others, consider a teaching career in special education. Check out our Teacher Education Scholarships at https://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/getpaidtostudy