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QUT boosts remote teaching opportunities with new bursary

First published 1 October 2019

A new bursary to encourage pre-service teachers to gain experience in remote areas has helped a QUT student secure a full-time role in the regional town of Murgon.

Jessica Logan is in her final year studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and chose to complete her last Professional Experience placement at Murgon State High School, located three hours north of Brisbane.

“Completing my placement in a rural community seemed like a great opportunity to see if it was something I might enjoy before I committed to living and working in a rural area,” Jessica said.

Jessica was supported by the Geoffrey and Cynthia Taylor Remote Teaching Bursary, a new bursary to help pre-service teachers undertake Professional Experience in a rural or remote area.

The bursary was established by David and Trevor Taylor as a memorial to their parents, Geoffrey and Cynthia.

Geoffrey Taylor completed a Certificate of Teaching at QUT’s predecessor institution in 1943. The wider Taylor family also hold deep connections with QUT as alumni and staff.

Through their work and life, the Taylor family has shown a commitment to lifelong learning and community – principles that uphold the bursary’s aim to enhance rural and remote teaching.

Jessica said the bursary allowed her to focus on her placement and immerse herself in the Murgon community.

“I was so grateful to receive this bursary from the Taylor family. It allowed me to support myself without any added stress, and I could make sure I was completely focused on the experience,” Jessica said.

The focus and hard work paid off – Jessica was offered a full-time permanent position at Murgon State High School and will begin next year.

Most importantly, Jessica found passion and purpose in her teaching practice and career.

“Students who live in these areas deserve teachers who are as dedicated and passionate about their learning as those in metropolitan areas.”

“I hope I can help students learn, and be excited about coming to school. The community is going through some difficult times, and I hope I can become a person who can help support my students as much as possible, and show them their potential.”

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Image: Jessica Logan with Trevor Taylor.