A man stands in front of a sign promoting the teaching profession. He is smiling.

Sam Davies shares his story in the Be That Teacher campaign.

21 November 2023

UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra teacher Sam Davies loves being a teacher.

He is just one of eight teachers across Australia sharing their stories in a new initiative called Be That Teacher.

The joint Australian, state and territory government campaign aims to showcase the value and importance of teachers while encouraging people to consider a career in teaching.

Teachers across Australia share why they choose to teach and their inspirational stories about the lasting impact they have had on their students.

“If life is about creating meaningful moments, you get a meaningful moment every day in this profession,” Sam said.

“Every day we have the opportunity to make a real and positive difference in the lives of our young people.”

Ewen McMahon is one student at UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra who has benefitted from Sam’s dedication.

“I only had him for one semester in Year 11 English, but he inspired me with just how involved he is in the class – how quickly he got to know everyone personally. He will go out of his way, in his own time, to make sure everyone’s okay and understanding the work, to check if anyone has questions and has what they need to get the work done,” Ewen said.

“He just goes above and beyond. He just really cares and that comes out through in the way he teaches as well as who he is as a person.”

While there are many excellent teachers like Sam across the country, more are needed.

The National Teacher Workforce Action Plan was developed to address the national issue of teacher workforce shortages.

It is hoped both the plan and the Be That Teacher campaign increase the number of people choosing to become teachers and ensure that existing teachers remain in the profession.

If you are a school leaver, graduate or career switcher thinking about a career in teaching, view the pathways into teaching, scholarships and support available to you.

“I hope that anyone considering a career in teaching will be touched by these remarkable stories, and that they will see how fulfilling this profession is,” Sam said.

Read more on the Be That Teacher website.

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