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USQ education student back on familiar turf

Ashley Hawkins has returned to her old school Greenbank State School as a teacher.

USQ Education student Ashley Hawkins has come full circle after landing her first teaching job at her old school, Greenbank State School.

Ashley will graduate from USQ in a few months after officially completing her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at USQ Springfield last year.

It’s been 10 years since Ashley left Greenbank State School, and it wasn’t hard to sense her excitement about being back where it all started.

“I have always wanted to teach at Greenbank and this is an excellent opportunity for me to start my teaching career in a familiar environment,” she said.

“A lot of the staff still recognise me from when I was a student, but the best thing is everyone is so friendly, helpful and respects me as a teacher and not a former student.

“USQ’s Education degree has prepared me well for my teaching career, particularly the professional experience I received during my practical placements, and Greenbank is somewhere I can grow even further as an educator.”

Ashley said she was looking forward to the school year and working alongside the staff who first inspired her to get into the profession.

“The school has always had a really positive environment and the experiences I had with my teachers back when I was a student here made me think how rewarding it would be to work as a teacher,” she said.

“Even though I had other interests for other career paths later in school, teaching always stood out to me.”

Ashley’s long-time wish will come true when she teaches her first class on Tuesday (January 29).

She will be teaching year six and is eager to start applying what she learned during her time as a student at USQ.

The former Flagstone State Community College student said she chose USQ’s Springfield campus for its supportive lecturers and close location to her Munruben home.

“The lecturers at USQ have made a huge impact on my life and strengthened my desire to be a teacher,” she said.

“They were always happy to give me advice and ideas, even after I finished my degree, because they genuinely cared and wanted to see me succeed.

“They have really inspired me to want to be the best teacher I can be and someone students can turn to for guidance.”

To learn more about the program, visit Education

Teacher standing outside school
Ten years after leaving Greenbank State School, Ashley Hawkins has returned as a teacher.