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Where we work

Learn about the regions and communities that we work with, and hear stories from the field.

Australia

Our work spans across Australia, by placing Associates in regions and communities that are in need of teachers and by offering development programs for teachers in schools facing educational disadvantage.

In 2021, 69% of our partner schools are in regional, rural and remote locations.

We try where possible to place multiple Associates in the same school or schools within a close drive of one another, which means many Associates are able to live and study together.

This has created buzzing Associate and Alumni communities right across Australia; from Horsham, Shepparton, Gippsland and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, Kalgoorlie and the Pilbara in Western Australia, and across Tasmania’s north coast.

 

6
States and territories
12
Cohorts
229
Partner schools
1120
Placements
18k+
Applications
370k+
Students

Meet the Recruitment Team

Nick Spinks - Leadership Development Program

Nicholas Spinks

Recruitment Team Manager
  • Former lawyer and television writer
  • Member of Teach for Australia Leadership Development Program Cohort 2014, placed in the Western Victorian community of Ararat
  • TFA Teaching and Leadership Advisor 2017 – 2019
  • ACU Lecturer in Education/Teaching
  • Why teaching? It’s challenging, it’s purposeful, and it’s fun.
or Clark - Leadership Development Program

Taylor Clark

Senior Recruitment and Advocacy Manager
  • Ranked in the ‘Top 25 Graduate Recruiters’ in 2020 & 2021 by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE)
  • Creator of Curtin Universities Young Alumni podcast series – #Talks4change podcast series
  • Recruited over 200 associates to the Leadership Development Program since joining TFA in 2018
  • Passionate about increasing access to opportunities for young girls and women both in Australia and abroad, through education and development
  • Grew up in our communities and is driven to find impactful leaders and teachers to open doors for our young people.
Sarah Coonan - Leadership Development Program

Sarah Coonan

Senior Recruitment and Advocacy Manager – Victoria
  • After graduating from University I started a 10 year career in hotel management which unlocked my passion for speaking and working with people from all different backgrounds
  • Relocated to London where I first encountered the Teach for All network, it was this experience that made me realise I wanted to work within the not for profit sector to find great people with the shared passion of making a difference in what they do
  • Have been with TFA since 2020 and now manage the Victorian recruitment team. My favourite part of the role is supporting our Incoming Associates through their placement journey, building relationships is something I really value and find joy in
  • I am an avid runner and enjoy getting out to explore all of what Victoria has to offer.
Carolina Modesto - Leadership Development Program

Carolina Modesto

Senior Recruitment and Advocacy Manager – QLD and ACT
  • Graduated with a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil
  • Awarded the Australia Awards Endeavour Leadership Scholarship – a prestigious postgraduate scholarship from the Department of Education of the Australian Government. Selected based on academic merit, community work and leadership
  • Experience working with communications, international development, recruitment and program management in the corporate, higher education, and not-for-profit sectors over the past ten years in Australia and overseas
  • Passionate about education, leadership, international relations, and multicultural affairs.
Emily Wise - Leadership Development Program

Emily Wise

Recruitment and Advocacy Manager for WA (UWA and Curtin), the NT & Reconciliation
  • Alumna of the LDP (Cohort 2019, placed in northern suburbs of Perth)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science & International Relations and Law & Society, minor in English Literature from UWA
  • Driven by the fact that Australia’s future is in the hands of its young people – these young people need diverse and strong leaders in their classrooms in order to contribute their authentic selves to Australia’s future, and our classroom and educational leaders should reflect the communities they are leading
  • The characteristic I see most in successful candidates is a reflective self assuredness – the ability to be genuinely aware of one’s self, confident in who that is, and open to learning through challenge.
Coco Carter - Leadership Development Program

Coco Carter

Recruitment and Advocacy Manager, VIC, University of Melbourne and Monash University
  • Worked across publishing, the Arts, not-for-profit, digital marketing, and higher education. Key organisations include Dementia Australia, Monash University, NGV
  • University of Melbourne and RMIT alumni
  • Mentored with AIME – an organisation addressing the disproportionate educational inequity experienced by Indigenous kids. She is driven to work with TFA and its Reconciliation Action Plan, to address this systemic issue and ensure that every child has access to the education they deserve and thus equal opportunity
  • Passionate about helping people and supporting and nurturing the journey of TFA’s Leadership Development Program candidates.
Bella Moginie-Mougel - Leadership Development Program

Bella Moginie-Mougel

Recruitment and Advocacy Manager NSW & SA
  • Bachelor of Arts: Double Major in Psychology and Sociology from UniMelb, and MSc in Social, Health and Organisational Psychology from the University of Utrecht
  • Career highlights include public policy work for AITSL, consulting at the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, and leading the design and development of well known mental health and wellbeing apps across Australia and New Zealand
  • Incredibly passionate about mental health and wellbeing, educational equity, women’s rights and environmental sustainability. I believe that all we can do is place our one grain of sand on the side of the scales of humanity that we believe in, and inspire those around us to do the same
  • I have an innate sense of curiosity about the world and the diversity of people and cultures in it, which has seen me travel across 40 countries in the last 10 years. Fittingly, my insatiable inner gypsy has now led me back to Byron Bay, where she fits in perfectly
  • Proud owner of an unpronounceable last name.
Zia van Aswegen - Leadership Development Program

Zia van Aswegen

Recruitment and Advocacy Manager for WA Other and Overseas
  • Studied Bachelor of Laws and minored in Finance and Applied Psychology
  • After graduating, worked across preventative legal services including legal education within rural communities before moving to private practice
  • Driven by advocating for mental health and wellbeing, equal access to education and opportunities.
Stephanie Do Carmo

Stephanie Do Carmo

Recruitment and Advocacy Manager for Tasmania
  • I love connecting people to the information they need to find the right fit for their future
  • I have experience in both the Australian and International Education Sectors working with aspiring engineers and scientists to policy makers and communications professionals
  • My favourite part of my role is the constant inspiration I get from hearing the goals and aspirations of people from all walks of life and being a small part of someone’s journey to finding a fulfilling and impactful career that matches their values
  • I am a proud to be the first in my family to graduate from university.