Loreto Kirribili Junior school ‘Gifted and Talented’ teacher Desilee Tait, has a big dream! She is on a mission to create positive change for every student across all educational systems in Australia.
As a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship, Desilee has been chosen as part of a select group of passionate people from across Australia to travel throughout the world over the next year in search of new ideas.
Desilee will research and deliver a direct and positive impact report on high-potential students across our nation. She will work and learn from great educational leaders in the United States such as Professor Jonathan Plucker from John Hopkins University and Dr. Lauren Childs from Oakland County.
“It is vital to discover new and innovative ways to help a large number of Australian students that are falling behind international year and level expectations.”
“I hope to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century which includes a deep understanding of subject matter and the ability to think critically and create novel solutions,” Desilee explains.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill. It was his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact our communities and society at large.
With projects that push boundaries and ask challenging questions, 106 enthusiastic Australians have been announced as the 2016 Churchill Fellows.
The Fellowships are worth $2.7 million in total and allow all recipients to have their travel fully funded for up to 8 weeks.
It is an extremely exciting time for Desilee and other deserving Australians who will have the opportunity to expand their own knowledge for the benefit of Australia and the wider world.