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JACQUI

Cultural And Bilingual Support

Department for Education

Tell us about your career pathway.

I started my career as a classroom teacher in South Australia. I later took up teaching positions in London and the Middle East, where I worked with students from a wide range of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

 I first worked in the public sector interstate, where I led various school improvement programs and educational support services over a number of years. Here my passion was ignited for whole-of-system approaches to improvement. I also found it very rewarding working strategically across the education system linking policy and planning with program delivery.

What does an average day look like?

An average day could include working with teachers and school leadership teams to co-design and implement strategies to develop culturally inclusive environments that support individual students, whole classrooms, and positively influence whole school cultures. I also meet with stakeholders across the agency to discuss policy development and implementation to address the needs of students and their families from CALD backgrounds.

What do you love about your job?

I love that I'm able to draw on the skills and experience I've developed over the course of my career and weave them into a role that supports my passion for working with minoritised learners. I also love working with a passionate group of people who have a shared ambition to support every child to fulfil their potential. The work we do is meaningful and makes a real difference to students and families from CALD backgrounds. My job makes me want to come to work every day! 

Why do you do what you do?

I believe all students should have the opportunity to be their very best. I love knowing the work we do with students, teachers and families has a direct impact on the way children and young people experience their learning in South Australian schools.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

I work in a very supportive environment and am constantly inspired by the leaders within our organisation. I believe there is opportunity to grow and develop within the public sector, and I value the learning opportunities that are provided. 

The flexible working arrangements support genuine work-life balance and is one of the key reasons I made the deliberate decision to move back to South Australia.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I love South Australia - the climate, the food and wine culture, and the many festivals. There are so many great places on our doorstep: the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, the Clare Valley, and the Barossa Valley. South Australia offers a really fabulous lifestyle. What's not to love?

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