Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 18.10.2017

Claire Taylor ( Claire Taylor )

Class of 2006
OCCUPATION Teacher
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
Education
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra, Education, Primary Teaching, 2007-2010
  • Graduate Certificate, Edith Cowan University, Early Childhood Eductation, 2015-2017
Work history
  • Junior School Teacher, Radford College, 2014-Present
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What does life look for you now?

Life looks like a busy and demanding work schedule, a strong family, a fairly new home and lots of close friends.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, my work and the Canberra community. I love to cook and share food and drinks with my friends and family and get out and about in Canberra's vibrant scene.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

A musician or a teacher

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Musical productions and performances.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

Many of the teachers I had throughout my time at school were crucial in providing pastoral support and a sense of belonging. There were a number of teachers that were really important in guiding me through some challenging times and providing valuable insights. They will never know the impact they had on me.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I think these things often happen by accident. I came to a real crossroads towards the end of school and had a lot of trouble deciding which path to take. It's something I struggled with for a long time and have only recently felt at ease with the path I've ended up on.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

No. I started at one university and ended up at another. After my first couple of years of teaching I left the profession and worked in a completely different field for a number of years. I never expected to end up back in the classroom, but am so glad I did. It just took me a few more turns in the journey to find my place.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

I was so much more academically capable than I realised. It took a new environment and the right area for me to really excel. I never felt good at study while I was at school.
Also, I wish I'd been able to worry less about what other people thought and had more confidence.

What advice do you have for current students?

Your path might not take you in the direction you first think. That's okay. Also, no decision you make is ever final. You can always change your mind.

Where are you now?