Fourth generation

Bachelor of Education

With a pedigree going back four generations, teaching runs Leah Hallett's family.

However, it's taken her a little longer to take charge of her first classroom.

After 10 years of her byline appearing above newspaper reports covering everything from courts to sport and council to general news, Leah left journalism to begin a teaching degree.

After graduating and securing her first contract at Benowa State High School during 2016, Leah says the long days and late nights were worthwhile.

"Coming from four generations of teachers, it was always in my mind that I might do teaching at some point," she says.

"But when I was younger I wanted to do something different and, for someone with a natural curiosity, journalism appealed to me.

"I loved it. I loved the people, I loved the daily work of journalism, but during my second maternity leave I began to wonder whether I was making a difference, and whether it was time to try something new."

Always community-minded, the more she thought about it, the more teaching seemed the perfect choice.

"In the classroom you are passing on knowledge and that's wonderful. You immediately see the results of your work and the difference you are making," she said.

"I was a little daunted about being an adult returning to study, but I soon realised the benefits of having workplace experience, maturity and a greater understanding of the importance of time management.

"Also, Griffith gave me terrific support. I had two wonderful pracs at Helensvale State High and Trinity Lutheran College and, with such great technology and learning spaces on campus, the student experience is enhanced."

Share your story

Have a remarkable story to tell? We’d love to hear about your brilliant career.

Study Education at Griffith

Explore our range of study options