My name is Jessica Dubois and I am a primary teacher in a remote, Indigenous community in far north-west South Australia. I have been here for four years now and have taught primary classes and our preschool class.
2013 is an exciting year with loads happening:
- working in a multi-age primary class (Grades 4,5,6,7) in a teaching team with our fabulous new grad Amy Johnston
- working as our Curriculum Coordinator
- studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- completing my Accelerated Literacy accreditation
- part of the Education Changemakers Project
While I enjoy all aspects of teaching, I have found a particular passion for literacy and see that without literate students (in both the local language, Pitjantjatjara, and in Standard Australian English), the educational gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians will never close.
Although we face significant challenges working and living in a remote community, the learning experiences we gain are huge. I am so grateful for what I have learnt over the past few years and can’t speak highly enough of giving teaching in such a different context a go.
Outside of school and all things education, I love to travel. I’m lucky to have a partner who teaches in the same community so we enjoy seeing the world as much as we can in our holidays.