TAFE Queensland teacher Ro Jacobsen wants to inspire students to be "that amazing educator that young children will remember in years to come."

Ro has over 17 years' experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. She joined TAFE Queensland 10 years ago because of a strong desire to share her experiences with others.

"My passion for teaching stems from a desire to not only share my experience and knowledge. I also want to inspire students to be the amazing educator that young children will remember in years to come," she said.

Ro teaches TAFE at school, international and domestic students at the Toowoomba campus in courses including Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

There are several things that Ro enjoys about her role as an educator.

"Being a part of a student's individual progress and success, and creating a passion within the classroom that students absorb and incorporate in their own studies and work ethic," she said.

But what Ro enjoys most is making a positive impact in a young child’s world.

"I love the spontaneity of children and their incredible ability to make you smile. There is a lot to be learnt from children," she said. 

Ro is full of praise for her classroom set up at TAFE Queensland, with her early childhood classrooms equipped with everything she needs to create a perfectly simulated environment.

"Activities set up within the learning environment allow students to practice their skills prior to attending vocational placement. We have child-sized furniture and resources. We also have an art area, kitchen for food preparation and an outdoor play area."

As an educator, Ro maintains close links with industry and ensures she always keeps her skills up to date. 

"Each year I complete ‘release to industry’ where I spend valuable time working with educators, interacting with children and refreshing my skills and knowledge," Ro said.

For anyone thinking about studying with TAFE Queensland Ro's advice is to enjoy the journey.

"If you have a passion for sharing in the enjoyment of a young child’s world while positively contributing to their growth and development, then this is a great career for you," Ro said.

In the future, Ro plans on continuing to share her knowledge for early childhood education with others and supporting those who want to be a part of the development of our future generations.

"It has been noted by many early years' experts that the first 1000 days of a child’s life can be considered the most important period of development. As early childhood educators we have an opportunity to play a significant role in this timeframe."

Find out how you can play a part in the development of future generations as an early childhood educator. 

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