New teachers home-grown

JULIE Daley and Nathan White spent their last day in lectures yesterday after four years.

Soon they will be in front of the class, rather than in the rows of desks.

The former teacher's aide and the former English nanny are among the 62 primary school teaching students who are on the home run for Coffs Harbour's first home-grown education degree.

They began their studies at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus in 2006.

They are about to head off to their next practicum and although they still have some external subjects to complete and will not officially graduate until 2010, they will be eligible to apply for casual teaching jobs from next semester.

About half the new teachers are mature-age students, including Julie Daley and Nathan White.Julie, 48, from Bellingen has been a teacher's aid for special-needs students for 22 years and wants to teach in this area and Nathan, 33 from Woolgoolga has worked a variety of jobs, including as a nanny in England, Italy and the USA.

Both say they enjoyed their university course.

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