LIFE LESSONS: Student teachers Stephanie Bouzige and Elizabeth Smith, from Hawaii, with Robina Primary School students Monica Chen and James Martin.
LIFE LESSONS: Student teachers Stephanie Bouzige and Elizabeth Smith, from Hawaii, with Robina Primary School students Monica Chen and James Martin. Blainey Woodham Tweteachers

Teaching passport to world

WHEN Stephanie Bouzige and Elizabeth Smith decided to pursue a career in teaching, it took them to the other side of the world.

The pair studied at the Brighamyoung University of Hawaii before making the journey back to the Gold Coast to complete their practical work at Robina State School.

Miss Smith said she and Miss Bouzige has been given scholarships through their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints.

"The uni has 70-plus cultures, but only 2500 students, so you have to learn to get along with everyone. I loved being around the different cultures," she said.

The women completed 16 weeks of practical training at the school and Miss Smith returned to Hawaii on Saturday to attend her graduation ceremony.

"We completed 16 weeks at the school compared to the average of about six weeks required for student teachers in Australia.

"The university wants its students to get as much experience as possible."

The women followed in Miss Smith's big sister's footsteps to study at Brighamyoung but were the first at the institution to complete their practical work in Australia.

"People had attempted to do it before but it proved too difficult. My sister had been doing regular substitute teaching at the school and had a chat with the principal Michael Shambrook," she said.

"Our professor came over to meet Michael and it all went from there."

Miss Smith will return from her Hawaiian adventure in January and hopes to return to Robina.

"It is just a lovely school, I'd love to work there," she said.



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