DECD logoFive Aboriginal teaching graduates will begin their teaching careers in South Australian DECD schools as permanent employees from the beginning of the 2013 school year.

The Department offers Aboriginal teaching scholarships – the 2013 scholarships holders are:

Leechelle TrottLeechelle Trott

University of South Australia graduate
Bachelor of Education (Primary/Middle School)
2013 school – Northfield Primary

Cara FiebigCara Fiebig

University of South Australia graduate
Bachelor of Education: Secondary (Health and Physical Education)
2013 school – John Pirie Secondary

Melanie YatesMelanie Yeats

Charles Darwin University graduate
Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning: Junior Primary/Primary
2013 School – Flagstaff Hill Primary

Jodie DollJodie Doll

University of South Australia graduate
Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood
2013 School – Moorak Primary

Gaining the Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship enabled me to focus on my University studies instead of worrying about the financial burden that came with it.

Finishing my University degree was such an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and I am excited to start work in the new year at Moorak Primary School: Year 1 class.

Inspiring children’s passion for learning and embracing children’s creativity by providing them with meaningful learning experiences is a goal I will strive to meet during my time in the classroom. I will also aim to promote Aboriginal cultural awareness through  appropriate learning experiences as this will hopefully play a part in bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Jodie Doll, December 2012

Candice TuckerCandice Tucker

University of South Australia graduate
Qualifications – Bachelor of Education: Junior Primary/Primary
2013 School – Marryatville Primary

DECD Aboriginal Teaching Scholarships

DECD Aboriginal Teaching Scholarships support aspiring Aboriginal teachers to complete a teacher education course and successfully transition from university studies into permanent employment with DECD.

The scholarships provide recipients with financial support and a guarantee of permanent employment following successful completion of all scholarship requirements.
Eligibility is open to Aboriginal people who are currently studying or intending to study a teacher education program.

Over the past 2 years ten students have graduated as part of the Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship scheme and started in permanent teaching positions with DECD.

Applications for the next round of scholarships will open in January 2013, and can be found at or further information can be obtained by contacting Craig Bowering, Program Manager, Graduate Recruitment on 8226 3963 or .



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