Adult tertiary preparation teacher Dr Kerryn Hayman has helped prepare people to tackle tertiary education by improving their Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) ranking and take the leap into further study at Loganlea ever since the campus first opened in 1988.

A teacher with over 30 years’ experience, a PhD in Maths Education, and an Australia Day Award recipient, Kerryn helps students brush up on their chemistry, maths and physics to help them enhance their careers and their lives.

“I love maths, sciences and teaching; for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to teach in those areas,” Kerryn said.

“My parents tell me that when I was young I used to line up all my dolls and teddy bears in front of the blackboard and proceed to try and teach them maths.

“There really is nothing better than seeing that ‘oh, yeah’ moment on a student’s face when everything clicks; when seemingly complex and impossible calculations all of a sudden don’t seem so complex after all,” she said.

A Gold Coast resident, Kerryn has braved the M1 commute each day to travel to Meadowbrook because she has never found a job she has wanted to do more - helping to provide a pathway to tertiary education for people in Logan.

“The best thing about being a teacher is seeing students achieve their dreams of going to university,” Kerryn said.

“Students still stay in touch long after they graduate and note that without the preparation they received at TAFE, their futures probably would have been limited to long hours at low pay in mindless and repetitive back-breaking jobs – it’s truly remarkable to see just how much many of my students have grown and excelled since their time at TAFE,” she said.



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