Teach Rural Program 2023 – Introducing Maisy, Leah and Melissa

CEP is proud to introduce you to some of our incredible Teach Rural placements, Maisy, Leah and Melissa. The trio are currently completing a placement at Birchip P-12 school, read about their rural placement experience below.

I (Maisy Johnston), Melissa Esmore and Leah Kerr have been completing our 3-week teaching placement at Birchip P-12 school. We have had an incredible few weeks and have enjoyed every minute of the experience from attending the local footy to going to the famous Sharps Bakery. We are currently studying at Federation University Ballarat, completing our third year in Physical Education and Health. We would now like to properly introduce ourselves, starting with myself.

My name is Maisy Johnston, I am currently studying Physical Education and Health with a minor in English. I have loved my stay in Birchip. Being from Ballarat I have never felt a small sense of community just like this. I attended the local football and was introduced to so many locals, which created a much more pleasant stay. I am hoping to teach overseas when I graduate with my heart set on Scotland. With a massive love for travel, I am so excited to experience living outside of Australia. In my spare time I love to run, which some of you may have seen me running the streets of Birchip most days. I hope to return to Birchip and see may friendly and familiar faces next time I visit.

My name is Leah Kerr, I am currently studying Physical Education and Health with a minor in Psychology. Being from Casterton I have grown up in a similar environment with a small school and a great sense of community. I am hoping to move overseas and teach or work rurally. I have loved my time in Birchip and hope to return one day.

My name is Melissa Esmore, I am currently studying Health and Physical Education, with a minor of maths. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Birchip; born and bred in St Arnaud, I have a fondness for regional areas and schools on the smaller side where there are strong relationships with students, colleagues, parents, and the wider community. I currently teach in St Arnaud and hope to stay in the area while also continuing to learn and experience a variety of teaching techniques. I most appreciated high school teacher, and now university and placement staff who have showed their unconditional support and have always gone that extra mile to help me learn. I hope to be that to future generations, guiding them through essential knowledge, as well as how to be the most respectful, independent, happy, and healthy people that they can be.