Award fi­nal an­other feather in her bow

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BE­ING named as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Train­ing Awards has con­tin­ued an amaz­ing year for Karawara res­i­dent Marika Coun­cil­lor.

Mrs Coun­cil­lor won the Polytech­nic West’s Geof Gale Medal for top over­all stu­dent ear­lier this year and was en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate for the up­com­ing awards, dur­ing which she has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Stu­dent of the Year 2016.

A pas­sion for teach­ing in­spired her to com­plete a Cer­tifi­cate Cer­tifi­cate III in Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port at Polytech­nic West.

Mrs Coun­cil­lor said be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the WA Train­ing Awards was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m not the type of per­son who looks for praise, it’s not that it doesn’t sit well with me but it’s still sur­pris­ing,” she said.

“When I won the Geof Gale Medal, I was up against en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents and stu­dents from other dis­ci­plines so I didn’t ex­pect it.”

Mrs Coun­cil­lor’s love for teach­ing be­gan when she be­gan her teach­ing de­gree at Deakin Univer­sity in Gee­long dur­ing 1994 but she had to drop out to look af­ter her baby af­ter meet­ing her fu­ture hus­band.

Af­ter a num­ber of gov­ern­ment jobs, she re­turned to teach­ing as a part-time teacher’s as­sis­tant at Good Shep­herd Catholic School in 2013 be­fore tak­ing up her cur­rent full-time po­si­tion at Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege.

Mrs Coun­cil­lor said she was en­joy­ing teach­ing be­cause it did not feel like a job.

“It’s re­ally re­ward­ing be­cause at a school like Clon­tarf, we are look­ing af­ter all their needs such as their emo­tional needs,” she said.

“It’s dif­fer­ent from a main­stream school be­cause it’s all Abo­rig­i­nal kids; I feel like I’m giv­ing back to my own peo­ple.

“I feel like kids are too fo­cused on Face­book and In­sta­gram these days, I want to see them give back to so­ci­ety.”

Mrs Coun­cil­lor said af­ter not ex­pect­ing to win the Geof Gale Medal, she had no ex­pec­ta­tions about tak­ing home a prize at the WA Train­ing Awards.

Marika Coun­cil­lor.

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