Kiah in the running for Young Achiever Award
Kiah Fereday is a 2019 NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award finalist, one of three in this category of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.
The 29-year-old Nightcliff Primary School teacher is a passionate advocate of Indigenous role models, and Aboriginal culture and identity.
“In my classroom I integrate Indigenous knowledge, culture and understanding across many learning areas, allowing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to see that Indigenous perspectives are important and valued,” she said.
“I like to use drama and dance as play-based learning tools to teach students about Indigenous cultures. I believe it deepens their understanding because they are not just ‘listening’, they are ‘doing’.
“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was seven years old, and I find it is very rewarding to live my childhood dream. It is hugely gratifying to see students become resilient and confident learners. Instilling important qualities into my students reminds me how important my job is.”
The Charles Darwin University graduate was a volunteer Indigenous Ambassador at the university for five years, and at Kormilda College she was mentor tutor to Aboriginal boarders from remote communities.
“My Nightcliff Primary School mentors nominated me for the award because of my inclusion of Indigenous perspectives into my teaching programs,” she said.
“This award is a major promoter of Aboriginal educators. It will give them confidence in their abilities, and motivate them to adopt leadership roles.”
The awards will be presented on Friday 5 April 2019 at Skycity Darwin.