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Are you looking for a stable and rewarding career here in Far North Queensland? It’s time to “take the plunge” and become a teacher.

That’s the message from a group of passionate teachers at St Augustine’s School in Mossman who made the move after years working in other industries, including hospitality, fitness and even breakfast radio. Carmel Shearer studied media at university and worked as a radio host before she went traveling and decided to try something new.

“We went over to South America,” she said. “Children there really wanted an education, they valued it so much, yet they didn’t have access to it. And that really got me thinking, wow, that’s what I want to do.”

Carmel said:  “The best thing about being a teacher is helping to shape children, being a role model for children, and a safe space.”

Renna Sayed decided to study teaching because it offered her more stability. “Before I became a teacher, I was in the hospitality, travel, and fitness industries, so I’ve always had two jobs,” she said. “I started having a family and I realised that having really early shifts and late nights was difficult.” “It’s also a great reward seeing students grow and reach their potential and goals.”

Jo Brooks was the director of a daycare centre before she made the move, and she hasn’t looked back. “Teaching as a second career, or even a third career, is definitely something you should do. So, if you are thinking about it, do it, take the plunge, you will find it really rewarding,” she said.

“The students, the laughs, the giggles, the jokes that you get to be a part of, and the connections that you make with your students and their families is definitely something I would highly recommend. “We get to share the love and the joy of the milestones with the students.”

Teachers who are employed by Cairns Catholic Education enjoy many benefits, including competitive salaries and salary packaging, ongoing professional development opportunities, remote area incentives, and flexible work arrangements. A stable, flexible, feel-good career is just around the corner.

Make a change today. Find out more about the perks of being a teacher here