Lifelong mentoring dream fulfilled for aboriginal student support officer

Marika Councillor is a student support officer at the Good Shepherd Primary School.
Marika Councillor is a student support officer at the Good Shepherd Primary School.

AFTER a 20-year break from her studies to raise a family, Marika Councillor is working as an Aboriginal student support officer at Good Shepherd Primary School in Lockridge.

Ms Councillor first decided on a career in the classroom in 1994.

“I had enrolled at university but took leave from my studies to have my first child,” she said.

“Twenty years later, I decided it was finally time to get that qualification I’ve always dreamed of.

“I enrolled in the Certificate III in education support at Polytechnic West and haven’t looked back.”

Her current position was made possible by a partnership between Polytechnic West and the Catholic Education Office.

Foundation Skills and Community Services executive director Lyn Southam said the collaboration provided culturally appropriate training.

“The role in many schools is to guide, mentor and support students while working with their families,” she said.

“This training provides an opportunity to focus on the challenges that face indigenous students each day, and on how to overcome them.”