Meet the Educator: Teri-Lee

We have some amazing and inspiring Educators across our Children’s Services at Communities@Work. Teri-Lee is one of them and this is her incredible story.

We have some amazing and inspiring Educators across our Children’s Services at Communities@Work. Teri-Lee is one of them and this is her incredible story.

“At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with Leukemia and I got a rare toxicity disorder because my radiation treatment was so high. I had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow and basically everything. I know what children go through when they are learning to walk and talk and that’s why I got into this job, because I am patient and I understand what they might be going through.

“I was in year 9, right in the middle of that teenage time. I struggled to go back to school at first. I had no hair, I couldn’t really walk and my speech was very slow. I was really scared but I slowly went back to school, more for the social aspects and then eventually went back full time.

“Because of this experience I look at the world differently now. I’m a lot more patient and more caring.

“I wanted to be a nurse initially but then I found out about working in Child Care and Education and I decided to start my Certificate III. This job has helped me build my confidence and communicate. It took me about a year to open up and talk to anyone. But that’s why I’m still here because this job helps me as much as I can help children and their families.

“The children inspire me in my job every day. When the children say my name or they start to walk or start to talk, it just makes me so happy. That’s how I know that I’m doing the right thing.”

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