Graduate story: Joshua Stephens
Assistant Principal and Year 3/4 Teacher
Ocean Shores Public School
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Now Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Joshua completed the NSW Higher School Certificate at TAFE then enrolled in his SCU teaching degree because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.
"What the lecturers at SCU showed me was that primary teaching isn't just about teaching, it's about everything connecting and building relationships with students and making the classroom a place that's fun and enjoyable. As a teacher, you get to create your own little business in your classroom. You and the students are on a journey to create a space where you want to be every day.
"I love being in the classroom. The students make me laugh. There's always a story or an object they want to share. In a way, you feel like a bit of a movie star because the kids are high-fiving you when you come in. They genuinely want to learn, they want to please, and they generate positive energy.
"As assistant principal, my role is to lead teachers and students in providing high quality, purposeful and stimulating education. It's also about making connections with the wider parent body and the community to encourage their active involvement in the school."
Joshua believes male teachers play an important role in children's development.
"You get to provide students - boys and girls - with different types of learning, knowledge and nurturing."