How Lindy’s surprise seventh child sparked a career change

You know those people you feel comfortable with straight away? The down-to-earth and genuine kind? That’s who Lindy Jones is. She is also an integral part of a husband-wife ministry, someone with a background in counselling and welfare, a university student studying to become a teacher and a mother of seven. “Well, the last two children were a surprise,” she laughs. “That’s just how they happen in my family.” She gave birth to her seventh child the day everything shut down due to COVID-19 and remembers walking out of the hospital thinking, “the world is so different.” Like many of us who struggled with the change, she wondered how she would adjust.

Lindy has always been passionate about working with people. She has often been told she’d make a great teacher, but becoming a teacher was not something she would do. Or would she? She started thinking that having a teaching qualification would be good not only to spend more time with her own children but also to help other children – the ones who might be struggling – at school.

“I guess I kind of like the messy people and the kids who’ve got baggage. And finding the calm in the storm for them,” she says.

It was the feeling of wanting to help that convinced Lindy to study teaching at a university like her: Christian, warm, friendly, and welcoming. “It just felt right. Avondale University campus is a beautiful place to study… and it just feels safe when you’re out there.” But it was still a big, scary, and unsettling decision to go back to university study. “Am I really up for this? Will I look like an idiot?” she wondered. But soon enough, she settled into study and student life, finding the environment comfortable and the lecturers caring.

The feeling of comfort came from studying at a Christian university which Lindy found “reassuring”. “It’s the little things that make the difference between feeling like you’re connected or not” such as lecturers touching base, or sending encouraging Bible verses, or checking on her wellbeing: “It is not just nice; it helps.”

And then, there is the support she receives, preparing her for a career change. Lindy appreciates that the content she learns is relevant. It’s practical. She can see exactly how it will help her in her future classroom. For example, one of her assessments involved putting a teaching kit together for a particular grade of students.

“The way I’m being taught through Avondale is really practical, and I can see it’s beneficial.”

Understanding how to teach is important for any future teacher, but especially so for someone like Lindy who wants to help in a particular way, children who are struggling. With a background in counselling and welfare, Lindy wants to engage with children wholistically – as people – not just as students who need to learn something. Her passion for helping children and the practical skills she is gaining will make Lindy a great teacher. Because of Lindy’s passion for helping children, and the practical degree she’s studying at Avondale, I would love to have Lindy teaching my kids. I’m sure you would, too.

Rated #1 in Australia for graduate satisfaction*, Avondale University’s Teaching courses are flexible and online so you can balance study with other commitments. Avondale University is Australia’s newest Christian university with campuses in Lake Macquarie and Sydney.

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*Student Experience Survey 2019 and 2020. Visit www.compared.edu.au for more.