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Student selected for Malaysia trip

By Louise Errington

CDU student Deanna Shepherd (centre) with her children (from left) Madison, Abbey, Sam and Chelsea CDU student Deanna Shepherd (centre) with her children (from left) Madison, Abbey, Sam and Chelsea

An external teaching student from country South Australia is preparing to set off on a trip to exotic south-east Asia in pursuit of a professional development experience.

The mother of four and part-time teacher’s aide from Whyalla was selected for the 10-day Kuala Lumpur Professional Experience Program on the basis of her exemplary grades and feedback from previous teaching placement mentors.

As part of the program, Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood student Deanna Shepherd will complete a placement in the Malaysian capital in two schools, one of which is a school for refugee children.

Mrs Shepherd said she was excited about being selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I feel as though I’ll be able to take a lot away from the cultural exposure offered by the program, not only as an educator, but also as a community member,” Mrs Shepherd said.

“I am also looking forward to gaining a better understanding of international teaching practices, and having the opportunity to see how children in another country are taught.

“There may also be teaching practices used in Malaysian schools that we can apply in Australia to secure better educational outcomes for young Australians.”

Mrs Shepherd said her job as a teacher’s aide in her hometown inspired her passion for teaching, spurring her to take up study with CDU.

She and her family are arranging a number of fundraiser events in Whyalla to help raise money for costs associated with her participation in the program.