Picture: TAFE Illawarra Yass' Robyn Bialkowski with Teaching Excellence winner Cheryl Walker and Campus Manager, Judith Scown.
Cheryl Walker’s love for teaching spans more than 38 years. The Business Services Teacher at TAFE Illawarra Yass has dedicated most of her life to changing the lives of others with education and training.
Now her outstanding commitment and passion has been recognised with the Teaching Excellence Award at TAFE Illawarra’s prestigious Annual Awards.
While her excellence is obvious to her students, colleagues and community, Cheryl says she was surprised to receive the award.
“I was shocked! It’s such an honour.”
When asked what it is that keeps her passion for teaching alive, she says: “It’s the privilege of being part of someone’s learning journey. Helping someone to reach their goals and create a better future for themselves is so rewarding.”
Having also worked as a teacher in schools, Cheryl says it’s also TAFE Illawarra’s learning environment that keeps her motivated.
“We are fortunate to have a unique and diverse environment at TAFE Illawarra. We have students from all walks of life and deliver training in a way that’s tailored to their individual learning style.
“I love the challenging nature of finding different teaching methods to meet someone’s needs.”
As a Yass local, Cheryl says teaching also provides her with a connection to the community.
“I love helping local students grow personally and professionally. It’s great for the individual and for our region.”
With all of her experience, Cheryl is a source of sound advice for those considering studying.
“For first-time students, it’s about finding something you’re good at and interested in doing. Focus on your strengths. And whatever you start, be committed – follow it right through to the end.
“For everyone else, it’s never too late to learn or change the direction of your life. Learning is a lifelong journey.”
Cheryl is now encouraging the community to explore their study options and enrol in a course that could change their lives at Choices Day on Saturday 4 June, 9am to 12pm. Find a Choices Day location near you on our Choices Day information page.
The day provides people with an opportunity to find out what’s on offer in Semester 2, 2016, seek advice on the best course for their career goals, find out about VET FEE-HELP and fee-free study options and enrol. Enrolments also open online on Saturday 4 June. You can enrol online by finding your course on our TAFE Illawarra Course Search tool and following the enrolment steps.