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Ash Duggan (Cohort 2014): Challenge-seeker, teacher and consultant.

Ash wanted to push his own boundaries and develop his professional skills somewhere outside his comfort zone. He moved from his hometown of Brisbane to Melbourne as part of the Leadership Development Program, so he could effect social change while developing competitive and transferable leadership skills. After completing the Program, Ash moved to a remote town in the Northern Territory to take on a Leading Teacher role. Now Ash is taking on a new challenge as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he’ll be working to achieve system-level change.

Ying Qin (Cohort 2016): Banker and resilient teacher.

Ying worked in finance as a commercial banker for five years before joining Teach For Australia, where she taught Maths and Business Management. As the daughter of a single Chinese mother, Ying felt the pressure of expectation to pursue a prestigious career with high-earning potential. As a career-changer, Ying valued being able to work and study at the same time, and now feels like she is where she belongs—in teaching.

Amy Haywood (Cohort 2013): Policy-maker, teacher and influencer.

At university, Amy knew that she wanted to inspire real change – although admits that she’d never considered herself as a potential teacher. It was Teach For Australia’s mission that resonated with her. After five years teaching English, Amy now has her sights set on influencing education policy. As an analyst at Deloitte Access Economics, Amy will utilise her knowledge and experience as a teacher to help influence change and positively impact learning in classrooms across Australia.

Lianna Beeching (Cohort 2016): Scientist and inspiring teacher.

Growing up in a number of regional communities, Lianna knew first-hand that where someone is born can significantly affect their education and their life choices. With a passion for science, Lianna wanted to help create a world where all children have the same opportunities in life. Through Teach For Australia, Lianna is able to fuel her students’ curiosity and thirst for knowledge every day. Continuing her work as a teacher after the Program, Lianna aims to encourage more students to study STEM subjects in higher years and, in particular, she hopes to inspire more young girls and women to find the joy in maths and science.

Ammar Aldaoud (Cohort 2013): Engineer, teacher and student.

With a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Systems), Ammar taught Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics and Technology Studies. Since completing the program, Ammar is pursuing a PhD at the University of Melbourne, looking at techniques to wirelessly power biomedical implants. He is also working part-time for Maths Pathway, an education technology initiative founded by two Teach For Australia Alumni. Their innovative software individualises maths learning, providing content and assessments to every student at their point of need.

Liam Ferris (Cohort 2014): Education advocate, teacher and innovator.

After teaching Humanities and Maths, Geology, History and Economics, Liam pursued a career in education technology. His time leading a classroom gave him contextual understanding of the education environment, while giving him essential leadership skills to fast track his career progression. As an Account Manager at Edrolo, Liam remains committed to improving educational outcomes by innovating the way teachers use data to teach.


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