DREAM COMES TRUE

DILI­GENCE AND SELF-BE­LIEF PAYS OFF

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LISA Trit­ton knew from the start that she wanted to be a pri­mary school teacher but after writ­ing it off al­most 30 years ago, she is now mak­ing her dream job a re­al­ity.

“When I be­gan teacher’s col­lege, way back in 1989, the Aus­tudy pay­ment was $50 a week, which barely cov­ered my train fare and pho­to­copy­ing, so eco­nom­i­cally it was very chal­leng­ing,” the Gympie moth­erof-two says. “When I was of­fered a good job in a bank I thought I would earn some money and be able to af­ford to study later.”

In 2015, Trit­ton re­turned to her pas­sion and en­rolled in a Bach­e­lor of Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast, achiev­ing a grade point av­er­age (GPA) of 6.8 out of 7 – mak­ing her USC’s high­est-achiev­ing fi­nal-year pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent.

“There is no real se­cret, I am or­gan­ised and work hard,” she says.

“But I would not be where I am with­out the sup­port of my kids, my fel­low stu­dents and lec­tur­ers, and all the amaz­ing schools and teach­ers who have al­lowed me into their class­rooms where the real skills are learned.”

Trit­ton will com­plete her de­gree this month.

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