Meet the Recruiters: Matt Norman

February 1, 2017 2:55 pm

Welcome our multi-part series, introducing you to the Teach For Australia Recruitment and Advocacy team.

All of our recruiters are more than happy to chat to you about your ambitions, ideas and plans. To find out more about Teach For Australia’s award-winning Leadership Development Program, don’t hesitate to reach out to the recruiter who sounds like the best match for you!

Introducing Matt Norman, WA Recruitment Manager, in his own words:

Hey, I’m Matt. I grew up in Geraldton, 4 hours north of Perth. I moved to Perth in year 12, and went on to study Politics at the University of WA and Professional Writing at Curtin University. Running poetry workshops with young people, I discovered a passion for education, and so began my journey towards Teach for Australia.

Why do you think this work is so important?

Like most people I know, I had that one teacher who changed my life – but because of where I grew up, even without that teacher I would have been okay. For young people living with educational disadvantage, the quality of teaching they receive can have a huge impact on their opportunities in life, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure we have passionate, highly effective teachers in front of those kids.

What is your top tip for people interested in applying to Teach For Australia?

Be prepared! You’ll need to reflect on your failures as well as your successes, and to think about how you’ve grown as a result of those experiences. If that’s not something you’ve thought much about, now’s a great time to start.

How can people get in touch?

If you’re in WA, you can shoot me an email anytime at matt.norman@teachforaustralia.org and we can arrange to chat face to face, either in person or over the internet. I’d love to help you out with the first steps on your Teach for Australia journey!

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