Elise ONeil decided she wanted to be a teacher and her dream came true not in a regular WA classroom but in a global one.
The University of Notre Dame graduate has spent the past three years teaching in countries all around the world, including Tanzania, New Zealand, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador. She is currently in the United Kingdom.
Ms O’Neil said teachers played an important role in improving the world on an economic, social, philosophical and spiritual level.
“My goal is to one day be in a position where I can contribute to raising educational standards globally and locally,” she said.
“I strongly believe that teachers have an essential part to play in globalisation and international development, and that the role of the educator needs to be emphasised in our community to reach this potential.
“Teachers can inspire students without resources, without interactive whiteboards, without books and without pencils.
“Strong, supportive leadership in schools and communities is imperative to furthering educational goals.”