For many, the thought of facing a class of over 20 children, for over 6 hours a day? Not their idea of a smooth or easy time.
Us parents may have had a limited idea before, but the last few years of challenges and remote learning gave us an insight into the daily life of everyday educators, and it was... eye-opening.
Thankfully, there are some brave souls amongst us that take up the challenge by choosing to teach as their career. And they’re improving the lives of students every day.
While you're here, watch the Mamamia team contact their favourite teachers. Post continues below.
I don’t think teachers will ever really know how much of a positive ripple effect they can set in motion.
It’s those inspirational teachers and their commitment to education (and the wider community) that the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards celebrates each year. Established in partnership with national not-for-profit Australian Schools Plus, the Awards recognise and reward twelve outstanding teachers with a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship – going towards funding in-school programs and professional development.
This year saw the introduction of a new awards category too, to hero teachers in the first five years of their career. Ten Early Career Teachers who have the commitment, potential and passion to make a significant impact in classrooms into the future have received $10,000 grants too for professional development and mentoring.
Mamamia spoke to 5 parents – with kids from primary to high school – to hear exactly how teachers have had a positive impact on their kids.
Jodie, mum of 3
When my son started high school, he struggled a bit to find a group of friends where he could just be himself.
One of his teachers, Mr D, noticed and started inviting him to basketball training before school a couple of days a week. After just a few training sessions, he loved it and has played ever since.