School daze ... as mum takes on teaching
NOT only does Dianne Barrett have the task of getting three of her children ready for the 2013 school year, but she is also preparing to resume her teaching duties at Bundaberg High School.
Mrs Barrett finished her teaching degree last year and is due to teach English and history to Year 9, 10 and 12 students this year.
"My number one goal is to survive and keep my head above water," she said with a smile.
"I want my students to understand that learning isn't torture."
Mrs Barrett said being a mum helped her enormously in her role as a teacher.
"It's helped me because I've got a bit more nurturing and caring skills because I've got children of my own," she said.
"It helps you to be a bit more understanding."
Despite her love of the profession, Mrs Barrett said she would never teach her own children.
"My expectations for my own children are probably higher because you know them better," she said.
"That's not fair for the kid and it could damage the relationship at home.
"I value the mother-daughter and son relationship more than a teacher student relationship."
The teacher said with the job came many rewards.
"I love it when they understand what it is you're teaching them," Mrs Barrett said.