Sharyn’s renewed confidence and sense of achievement

Sharyn was awarded the prestigious Macquarie University Award for Academic Excellence

Sharyn was awarded the prestigious Macquarie University Award for Academic Excellence, recognising her commitment and achievements in her studies

As an itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, Sharyn's job entails visiting schools across Sydney's South West to assist children with hearing loss and their teachers in the classroom. Working with children from preschool to high school age, often in the same day, Sharyn says this variety is both a challenge and a highlight.   She loves that every day is different; it's clear that she has a passion for what she does. 

Although she had been in the role for some time, Sharyn says she felt that she would benefit from formal education so she commenced her studies at RIDBC Renwick Centre in 2016. "I had done a few short professional development courses with RIDBC Renwick Centre over the years, and knew they were the industry leader, so I was pleased to be studying there, but I'll admit I was nervous," she said.

Sharyn says the course taught her a lot that she could use in her role, particularly the theory and reasons behind why things are done in a certain way, but she says most notably, her studies gave her confidence.  "Now, when I am giving advice and strategies to a teacher, I have a lot more confidence in both what I am saying and why I am saying it."

And this passion, commitment and dedication to her work and her degree paid off. Upon graduation, Sharyn was awarded the prestigious Macquarie University Award for Academic Excellence, recognising her commitment and achievements in her studies.

Now that she recently graduated with her Master of Disability Studies (Education: Deaf Hard of Hearing ), Sharyn will continue teaching children with hearing loss on a full-time basis and says she would encourage others in her situation to consider undertaking their Masters.  "It might seem like a big mountain to climb at the beginning, but you will get through it, you'll learn a lot, and the sense of achievement at the end is incredible."

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Claire Farrington 
Manager, Graduate Education, RIDBC Renwick Centre
Claire.Farrington@ridbc.org.au
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