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Nick Parkinson

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Nick Parkinson

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

My life was transformed by great teachers. I’m particularly grateful to a teacher who helped me accept and celebrate my sexuality. I aspire to be like him and improve outcomes for students across the country.

 

I’m focussing on teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) through my Masters. This passion was sparked through my work in schools and with the Adult Migrant English Language Program. Those experiences exposed me to the systemic barriers EAL/D learners face in and beyond their schooling. Indeed, fewer than half of the 300,000 EAL/D learners in our schools get the specialist support they require. I believe this can be otherwise, and through teaching will advocate for a more just education system.

 

Outside of education, I love running, swimming and eating lactose when I shouldn’t‎. I’m also a croissant fiend and am on a hunt for the best almond croissant in Melbourne.

Skills & Expertise

  • Education policy and practice
  • Language acquisition
  • Data analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Written and verbal communication

"I see the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship program as a chance to build the leadership toolkit I’ll need to effect change in my classroom, my school and in the broader education system.  It's an opportunity to maximise the difference I can make for students facing educational disadvantage."


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