Motivating youngsters a vocation

Monique Field and Jordan Field at the recent TAFE Illawarra's Celebrating Our Stars awards. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Monique Field and Jordan Field at the recent TAFE Illawarra's Celebrating Our Stars awards. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Illawarra TAFE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Jordan Field wants to use her award to encourage indigenous youth.

Ms Field made the comment after being recognised at the recent Celebrating Our Stars 2014 Institute Awards at City Beach Function Centre.

Her student of the year title followed her being named 2013 VET Student of the Year and winning the VET Student of the Year School Based Trainee Education Support Award at the 2013 Illawarra Schools Excellence in Vocational Education Awards.

Ms Field wants to teach after completing a Certificate III in Education Support at the Nowra campus of TAFE as part of her school studies in an initiative known as TVET.

She completed that and her HSC, at Warilla High School, in 2013.

Ms Field came to TAFE in a program taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into the teaching profession.

The program also enabled her to complete a school-based traineeship with Shellharbour Primary School, working two days a week as a teacher's aide.

Earlier this year, she started a bachelor of education at the University of Wollongong as the final step in pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher.

"I want to come out in three years' time and be a classroom teacher [primary school]," she said.

"I would love to move on and end up being either a deputy principal or principal. I want to be a strong ambassador in the indigenous community in education."

Ms Field hoped her recognition would encourage young indigenous people and wanted to continue trying to be a positive role model and an example of what could be achieved through education.

"I want them to know there is a career there for them as well," she said.

"Hopefully, I am someone they can look up to and say if she can do it, I can do it."

While she has been doing some modelling work, she chose education as her career because she loves working with children.

"I have always worked with kids," she said.

"I am a dance teacher and I found my passion through teaching dance [jazz, tap, hip-hop and ballet]. And I went on to a part-time job, which was before and after school care working with children. It has become a passion because working with them, I get to see them achieve, grow, thrive and change."

Ms Field's younger brother, Jai Field, is also doing the same course at TAFE while completing his HSC.

Proud mother Monique Field, of Business In Heels, said her daughter even taught her family things at home because she had a natural gift for teaching.

"She has always had a passion for children," she said.

Ms Field is particularly good with autistic children and loves giving them the affection and attention they enjoy.

"It is about showing you care and taking an interest in what they are doing," she said.

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