Nazareen discovers a new tropical paradise
When Nazareen Kahn decided to become a teacher, she didn't envisage feeling like a rock star as waving kids chased her down the street calling out her name. But that's just one of her experiences as a remote area teacher in Queensland's Northern Peninsula.
After completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in November 2014, Nazareen and her partner Aaron embarked on their move north to Bamaga in 2015 excited to explore the great outdoors.
"Our lifestyle includes a lot of fishing, boating, camping and four-wheel driving so when we were given the opportunity to live and work in one of Australia's most iconic four-wheel driving and fishing spots we jumped at the chance," said Nazareen.
While the lifestyle was one of the big draw cards of a remote posting, Nazareen has also been enjoying the unique challenges of remote teaching with the support of her students and fellow teachers at Bamaga Junior School, a campus of the Northern Peninsula Area State College.
"The local kids are so full of energy and have the biggest smiles I have ever seen. I am also fortunate to work with an amazing bunch of teachers who have supported me immensely in my first years of teaching.
"I have learnt to be resilient, deal with change, be ready for the unexpected and think on my feet. I have already learnt so much and grown as a teacher and I will be able to take these experiences with me where ever I may teach."
Now in the second year of her placement, Nazareen and Aaron, who is also working at Bamaga Junior School as a Teacher's Aide and Cleaner, are in no hurry to leave.
"We came here thinking we would do our two years then head back down to the Sunshine Coast. After falling in love with this place we plan on staying much longer.
"If you get the opportunity to teach remote I would encourage you to jump on it. It really is the opportunity of a lifetime."
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Article originally published on Teach Queensland News and Jobs, May 2016.