My time in the Teacher Flying Squad was packed with adventure. From nightly thunder and lightning shows in the Kimberley to prospecting for gold in the Midwest – I had the most incredible year!
Jo Callaghan shares some of her stories about working in the Teacher Flying Squad. What will you experience?
Term 1, 2022 – Derby District High School
My first placement was in Derby, a small coastal town 2 hours from Broome. It was my first time teaching a combined Year 3 and 4 class and the Derby District High School staff were really supportive. They supplied me with a detailed plan and had specialist teachers available to help. The school is a part of the Kimberley Schools Project and this experience allowed me to broaden my skills and learn new teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of my students.
Terms 2 to 4, Meekatharra District High School
Next, I was off to Meekatharra District High School, teaching a combined Pre-primary and Year 1 class. As an early childhood educator, I really enjoyed being able to meet and teach the youngest students at the school.
When I arrived at the school, I had 2 days of professional learning about teaching the school’s literacy program. I was given the opportunity to be a part of school planning with the staff and tasked with purchasing new early childhood learning resources. It felt good to be able to use my years of teaching experience to make a positive contribution to the school community.
I went to Karijini National Park on a long weekend to experience stunning gorges and waterfalls. I took weekend trips to explore landscapes and waterholes. Meekatharra has a rich history of gold mining, starting back in the 1890’s. I tried my luck at prospecting and even found some gold!
I was really enjoying teaching and living in Meekatharra, so I was glad when I was asked to stay for the rest of the year.
If you want to travel across WA and meet some unique people along the way, join the Teacher Flying Squad. I had the chance to learn about the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and expand my teaching practice. There are so many opportunities to experience new things, both professionally and personally.
Get started on your own adventure. Apply now for the Teacher Flying Squad.