Get to know NAIDOC week 2015 host Brady Cooper

 Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?

I became involved in Education because I wanted to work with young Indigenous kids and help them gain the best education they could. I’ve been a mentor/welfare worker in an Alternative Education School setting working with students who were involved with DHS and did not quite fit in with Mainstream schooling. Other roles that I have worked is working in mainstream school as a Koorie Education Worker, working alongside teachers helping with curriculum and celebrating Indigenous events throughout the year. This role also provides assistance to Koorie students in the school by mentoring and helping families with funding opportunities and finding pathways for the students for life after school. My current role is being a teacher aide in a little multicultural Primary school in Melbourne, also doing a CRT day when needed. 

Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?

My motivation and inspiration comes from the students I work with day in and day out seeing them achieve and excel in their schooling. Sharing stories of my schooling and hearing theirs provides the motivation I need to keep being a good role model for all students in the schools I’ve worked. 

What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?

The biggest rewards I see working in the Education system is that you come across so many different young people who you can watch grow into great young leaders amongst their peers and you know that you have played a little part in their life. The challenges I see as Educators is keeping up with the ever changing technology and preparing students for life after school making sure that they will be job ready as the possible jobs the students of today will be employed in may not even exist yet. 

If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?

I would make sure that every student had the same opportunity no matter of their race, socioeconomic status or location so I guess equality is what I’m talking about.

What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?

The Twitter handle EduTweetOz is an amazing opportunity for educators to network and share ideas from all across and abroad. My hopes for the week hosting is to get more awareness of the incredible events and opportunities for people, especially educators, to get involved in not only through NAIDOC Week but throughout the school year. 

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