Making a difference in the lives of students

June 12, 2024 BY

Charlotte Brunt has a passion for helping children, working in education support at a local primary school. RIGHT: Ms Brunt received The Gordon's Community Services Award and Student of the Year. Photos: SUPPLIED

EDUCATION support has a lasting impact on students, something Charlotte Brunt understands first-hand.

Ms Brunt is a graduate of The Gordon and has a passion for helping children, inspired by the support she received in her school years.

“I was told at primary school that I’d never be at the same level as my peers because of my learning disability, more recently diagnosed as complex PTSD,” she said.

“Having a teacher’s aid in high school supported my learning and helped me believe in myself.

“This inspired me to pursue studies in school-based education support, so I could help future students reach their full potential too.”

During her studies at The Gordon, she undertook placements in the disability and foster care sectors, allowing her to apply her learning in real-world settings.

“Working at AmAble and Meli was incredibly rewarding. It gave me leadership opportunities, valuable industry connections and skills I still use at work today.

Ms Brunt received The Gordon’s Community Services Award and Student of the Year.

“It also enabled me to develop my own 10-week program to help teenage girls with disability.”

Ms Brunt began her career in education support at a local primary school earlier this year, where she is known for her empathetic approach, team spirit and providing tailored education.

The Gordon’s education and training program lead Rachel Jones said Ms Brunt has been an outstanding student.

“Her dedication and passion are evident in her work placement,” she said.

“At a remarkable young age, in her own personal time, she conceptualised and initiated the ‘Grow and Glow’ program, designed to empower young women through self-care practices and confidence-building activities.”

Ms Brunt was awarded The Gordon’s Community Services Excellence Award and Student of the Year Award, with goals to continue her professional development.

“In five years from now, I see myself teaching education support and completing further studies so I can be a school teacher one day,” she said.

Applications are open for mid-year enrolments, for more information, head to thegordon.edu.au