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Be That Teacher

Many of us have that one teacher we remember. The one who helped us to learn and grow, who gave us the confidence to explore and master new talents and skills. The one who encouraged us to strive for more and helped us reach our potential.

Be That Teacher is a joint Australian, state and territory government initiative which aims to showcase the value and importance of teachers and encourages Australians to consider a career in teaching.

Teachers across Australia can share why they choose to teach and their inspirational stories about the lasting impact they have had on their students.

In 150 words or less, share your story and have your it and a photo published in the gallery. Help to create the largest gallery ever that profiles every teacher in Australia!

Here’s Secondary School PE teacher Madelaine Hudson’s story:

As a teacher in a low socio economic area, I have the privilege of working with students from all walks of life and enjoy being a positive contribution to their life every day.

One student in particular, whom I have worked closely with for the last 2 years, made me a special gift I will never part with. As a student in our alternate learning space, she partook in a portrait making task in visual arts. She chose me to base her art upon. Not only did the portrait warm my heart, but her words regarding the artwork made me cry.

This portrait and its description will hang in my home and remind me daily why I go to work and the importance of providing a safe and supportive environment for each and every student, every day they walk through the school gate. It will reiterate the importance of providing opportunities for all students, regardless of where they study.

Madelaine Hudson

Find out more about the campaign and share your story here.

You might also like to view other resources for teachers on our website here.

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