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Tanya’s talent for teaching transfers to TAFE award

Hillarys resident Tanya Evans has won the South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.

The awards recognise the achievements of students from across SM TAFE, as well as five major award winners in the categories Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, International Student of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year and the Cultural Diversity Training Award.

Tanya completed a Certificate III in Education Support at the colleges’ Thornlie campus in 2019. The qualification is specifically designed for Aboriginal Teaching Assistants (ATA’s) working in Catholic education. 

Tanya completed the course via flexible training where students self-study and attend classes once per month allowing her to maintain her job at Aranmore Catholic College, Leederville.

She has gone on to further study and is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at Deakin University. 

“I have almost completed my first trimester at university and am loving the studies; juggling working full time and family life,” Tanya said.

“Advancing my teaching studies has been invaluable, as I believe it’s in the classroom where you can make a real difference to the lives of young people, build their resilience and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

“I’m inspired by my mothers’ educational journey where she put herself through university at the age of 55 after not having the option to do so when she was younger. She set a great example for me, and I hope that my students and own children are equally motivated in their own lives through the example I have set for them.”

SM TAFE Senior Client Engagement Officer and panel chair Nate Stuart said Tanya had shown a real commitment to her studies and was most deserving of the award.

“Tanya’s passion and leadership qualities are evident in multiple aspects of her life,” Mr Stuart said.

“Through completion of her education support certificate and now in her university studies, she has a strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of children and is a fantastic advocate for learning in her school community and beyond.

“She is a wonderful ambassador for the Aboriginal community through her support of students to grow and foster their own cultural self-development.”

SM TAFE offers a Certificate III and IV in Education Support which provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to assist teaching staff in schools to develop the confidence, skills and independence of children in kindergarten to year 12.

Page last updated May 29, 2020