Be That Teacher


Joshua Cole, 27th June 2024

Welcome to the Be That Teacher interview series. 

  • Narelle Ryder, High School Teacher, Geraldton, Western Australia talks to Radio Mama’s Fiona Hayden.
  • Brendalee Forbes, Early Childhood Teacher, Port Augusta, South Australia talks to Dre, from Umeewarra Media.

You can hear the interviews and download as a full interview or short Q&A segments, as broadcast mp3 files and transcripts (with and without spoken intro)

What made these women want to become teachers? What qualifications did they pursue? What does a teaching career give you?  Hear first-hand what inspires Brendalee and Narelle and the impact they have on the lives of their students, and their communities.

We all remember that one teacher that helped us to learn and grow, who created a safe space or supported us through school.

It's not just about academics; it's about acknowledging, preserving and celebrating First Nations cultural identity, nurturing leadership, and building a strong foundation for the future.

The series is also available as social tiles with embedded audio to download here

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Audio was produced in partnership with the Department of Education for the Be That Teacher campaign.

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