Liz Bailey graduated from Burwood Teachers' College in 1965 and has been teaching for over 50 years. She is also involved in public speaking and coaching.
Interview with Pamela Bjork-Billings
Can you tell us about your time at Burwood Teachers' College?
At Burwood Teachers' College, I was inspired to be the best teacher I could be by caring staff. My course helped my career amazingly, firstly in training me to be a teacher and also the incidental training for my current career – helping me to plan and execute speeches and helping me to be a coach.
What has been your journey since finishing your course?
After leaving, I was able to pick any school I wanted. In those days, your exit score determined your choices and mine was high, very high! So I went to Mont Albert Primary School – a fantastic, well established school with a great reputation. While in this position, I was promoted to the tagged position of 'Country Infant Room' for the purpose of training student primary teachers. I taught there full time till I left to have a baby. Since then I have done casual teaching right up till the present. By filling in, I actually taught in 21 government schools and 7 private schools. I am also currently involved in public speaking and mentoring.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
My coach and mentor – God.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
I have loved public speaking all my life. School teaching allows me to do that every working day. Now I have broadened that to speaking to adults in many different situations – conferences, camps, seminars, and small groups. The topics of my talks can include improving your self-identity, marriage, parenting, identifying your giftings, loving others, forgiving others, identifying manipulation, healing life's hurts, handling difficult people, identifying your personality, leadership, mentoring, and how our attitudes affect our health. I have written several booklets on these subjects.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Study hard! Find a great coach! Success to me is doing what I was gifted for.
What is your proudest achievement?
Professionally my proudest achievement is graduating top of not only Burwood Teachers' College, but with the highest score for all the Colleges in Victoria.
What are your passions outside your work?
Marriage, my children, gardening and friends.
What are your future plans?
In the future I would like to continue what I am currently doing – travelling around Australia in our van teaching and coaching.
A note to my peers…
I feel a strong connection with my previous class of 64/65 – but I can't locate any of them. Please make contact so we can organise a reunion!