Mr Martin Costello
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts, Melbourne Burwood Campus

A great element of Deakin University is that it provides a comfortable environment which at the same time is intellectually stimulating. During my course I was inspired by the politics and history units and the political discussions in tutorials which were very rewarding.

Whilst studying I also volunteered at a development organisation called YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty). As a youth organisation we raised close to $500 000 in just three years through different fundraising activities. It has been extremely rewarding to be involved with an organisation where other individuals (many of whom are Deakin or former Deakin students) care deeply about working towards the eradication of global slavery and global poverty.

I was able to start my teaching career immediately after finishing University and I am now employed at Haileybury College. Being a teacher is very rewarding. It means you are constantly able to teach content which you enjoy, whilst being able to have a positive influence on our next generation.

I have a strong interest in and passion for politics and history. As a profession, teaching has allowed me to engage with political and historical concepts on a daily basis.

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