Celebrating NT women in education: Carmy McLean


Meet Carmy McLean, an Aboriginal Education Worker based at Sadadeen Primary School.

Carmy, a proud Arrernte and Warramunga woman, has worked at Sadadeen for the past 22 years and has been a familiar, friendly face at the school for generations of students.

Carmy says her motivation to work in education stemmed from her mother and sister, who were a part of the Stolen Generation at the Bungalow (Telegraph Station).

“Education was very important to these two ladies,” Carmy said.

“No matter what they went through, they both made sure that all their children attended school for each of us to survive in this big world.”

Approximately 90% of the students at Sadadeen Primary are Aboriginal, making Carmy’s role as an Aboriginal Education Worker vital in proving support to Indigenous students and their families at the school.

Carmy’s advice to students – “Keep going to school. The world is your oyster so explore all the opportunities you can out there.”

Carmy McLean with students

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