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Christine Cone

Christine Cone

"Hunter TAFE provides access and support to its students who have a desire to learn and succeed in their education. People require high levels of literacy and numeracy skills in order to both enter the workforce and develop their career. Without a sound literacy and numeracy foundation a person’s future is uncertain." Christine teaches Certificate III in Educational Support, literacy and numeracy with a focus on assisting women to re-enter work and/or education. She says Hunter TAFE is set apart by providing educational opportunity and support via access and equity to its many students.

Dimitra Roach

Dimitra Roach

"Our class is about community. When it starts we’re a huge mix of communities; by the end we are one. It’s rewarding watching the students form lasting friendships, but as well as that they are leaving with experience and skills to help them reach their goals. It’s also a competitive course. We offer an accredited Cambridge English exam which is a benchmark qualification." Demi has seen her students go on to university in Australia, with a number of them completing their Masters Degrees. Demi has also seen students qualify for visas to open their own businesses and really make Australia home.

Heidi Nadar

Heidi Nadar

"Migration to the Hunter region is continuing to increase bringing new opportunities across the full range of sectors. This means that the need for migrants’ English skills is growing. The Hunter TAFE way is providing staff that are qualified and experienced, a culturally sensitive learning environment and flexibility and understanding of each individual students’ needs." Heidi has been teaching English as a second language at Hunter TAFE for five years. She has lived in overseas in non-English speaking countries and has a huge amount of empathy for those who struggle to communicate in the local language. Heidi is also a qualified French and Japanese high school teacher.

Judy Markey

Judy Markey

"People come to TAFE ready to begin new careers, ready to reengage in learning. I love the opportunity to help improve the educational outcomes and open new doors for TAFE students every day. The greatest challenge in this area is dealing with confidence and self-esteem, and it’s great to see my students go on to achieve their goals". Judy has been an Adult Education Teacher at Hunter TAFE for 28 years, and has been involved first hand in the development of two successful sections at Glendale and Maitland Campuses. Judy works specifically with numeracy skills for trades, disengaged youth and recently with the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery program (IPROWD).

Les Clifton

Les Clifton

"Engaging people who have not succeeded in education is crucial to supporting our local economy. At Hunter TAFE we are set apart by having a tailored approach to each student’s education. Part of this is a greater emphasis on the role of tutorial support and individualised support for students’ needs." Les has been teaching at TAFE for more than 30 years. He still believes that he can continue to learn and develop as a teacher to provide the best education to his students. He is motivated by the desire to help students in second chance education and says that Hunter TAFE’s resources including the library and disability support set it apart from other RTOs.

Michael Cornish

Michael Cornish

"Generally our English language students are only here for a couple of months before they move on. I remember one Japanese student who worked in a car factory for three years while saving to come and learn English. She studied for an entire year, and it was wonderful watching her skills and confidence grow. Now she works as an English translator in a Japanese software company". Michael has been working as a teacher for more than 15 years. He’s found that Hunter TAFE can provide not only language skills, but direction and an abundance of choices for careers or further study.

Penny Lee

Penny Lee

"I worked with students from remote location who were part of the Aboriginal Baking Program with Woolworths. That’s been a great experience; many students gained employment and one student won a blue ribbon for her baking". Penny has worked in a range of industries including hospitality, hairdressing and management. She has been passing on her wealth of experience to students at Hunter TAFE for the past five years and has seen around 98% of her students through to graduation. Penny splits her week between teaching in the classroom and working in Hunter TAFE’s strong student support network.

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

"Hunter TAFE is set apart by the quality and delivery of courses, the passion of teachers for their career area and their compassion. Our focus is on education. That’s why I like being here. There’s a growing demand in the region as we take on people with poor skills and turn them into highly qualified, work-ready graduates." Warren works in Pathways at Hunter TAFE and is motivated by giving students a second chance. Warren was originally a high school maths teacher and said that a lot of teachers come to TAFE with outside teaching experience but find that Hunter TAFE allows them to offer so much more experience to students.

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