Zoe Coyte

Zoe, 24, finished her Masters in Teaching in 2014 and immediately moved to Alice Springs to teach at St. Philip's College. In the future, she plans to continue teaching in rural settings and to go overseas and teach at an international school. Zoe cherishes her time at university, having made lifelong friends and spending hours upon hours writing in her English tutorials.

1. So what made you decide to seek out a position at your school?

Zoe: I decided to go to Alice Springs to teach as I thought it would be a different experience and it most definitely was. I had visited Alice Springs before and loved the atmosphere and people; so when I was offered the job here I had to say yes and I have never looked back.

2. What has been the most memorable success you have had?

Zoe: My most memorable success would have to be completing Endeavour camp with the year 9 students in Alice Springs. We walked 60km along the Larapinta trail with 15kg backpacks, climbed a mountain and swam through a freezing cold 70m gorge fully clothed. It was an intense 9 days. It was both physically and mentally challenging, but it was all worth it at the end.

3. Since you’ve mentioned it, who was your favourite Professor while you were a student at the University of Sydney?

Zoe: Associate Professor Jackie Manuel! Her tutorials were always fun and inspiring. She always encouraged us and was extremely helpful.

4. So after getting some experience in the field, what is the mantra you live by?

Zoe: My mantra would have to be ‘There is always something to be thankful for.’ This is especially true for teaching. Some days are harder than others, but whether it is a student understanding something new or a friendly wave, there is always something to smile and be happy about.

4. What would you say to recent graduates?

Zoe: My advice would be to get out of your comfort zone. Go somewhere you have never been before, because you never know what you might gain from it.


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