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Tesch attends graduation of former student as a teacher

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has attended the graduation of a former student as a teacher at the University of Newcastle.

Ms Danielle McFarlane graduated with a Bachelor of Secondary Education, Humanities (Honours).

Ms Tesch's former business studies student has secured a full-time job at a local school teaching business studies, legal studies and commerce.

"You could quite literally say I am following the same path as Liesl," said Ms McFarlane.

"When I first had her as a teacher, I gave Liesl a really hard time.

"She took that in her stride and she taught me more about myself than anyone else ever had.

"She was very good at highlighting everyone's strengths but also encouraging us to challenge and identify and push ourselves in areas where we were not as strong.

"Now that I am a teacher I certainly aspire to be like Liesl."

"She challenged us in a supportive way.

"I would really love to channel that in my teaching."

Ms Tesch said she was immensely proud of Danielle.

"I know Danielle recently had a big accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result, just three months before she was due to finish her degree."

"She explained she had to put her degree on hold for a while and had to obtain clearance before she could return to her studies because of the nature of the injury.

"Despite this all, she overcame it and finished strong."

"I am sure every teacher knows the most fulfilling moment and ultimate compliment in our career is seeing our students pursue our profession and our subjects."

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