Inspired by her nan

Inspired by her nan

  • Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DESANYA Stevenson’s inspiration to be a teacher is her nan. The Year 11 student at North Rockhampton State High is being sponsored by BMA to complete a schoolbased Certificate III in Education Support as part of an indigenous scholarship. Desanya, 16, said her grandmother had ensured she knew all about her Indigenous heritage.

“I’m proud to represent (Indigenous people),” she said. “My nan has taught me heaps about (our) background. She’s a teacher also, so (that made me) want to be a teacher.”

Her mother, Kay, beamed with pride. “We’re very, very excited,” she said. “She’s always wanted to do education.” Desanya will be employed by Gladstone Area Group Apprentices and take part one day a week in practical work as a teacher’s aide at the Frenchville School, in addition to her senior studies.

“I wanted to have the experience of doing something outside of school but also doing school,” Desanya said. “I know its going to be a lot of hard work but I’ll get through it.”

Pictured is Kim Vincent from the Australian Apprenticeships Centre discusses employment arrangements with Desanya Stevenson, her mother Kay and supervisor Gayle Daniels.