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Nathan Portell Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduate. (1:50)

Teaching is my passion. Every day I come to this job I understand the importance.

You can't take that lightly, you need to really respect it and that's why I try to give everything I have in each day to these kids.

My name is Nathan Portelli and I'm a Southern Cross University Educational graduate.

After I finished year 12 I had a great opportunity with a feeder team for the Gold Coast Titans. Part of the requirement was that I was either working a certain amount of hours or studying full-time.

I was thrown into a job working with children 1 to 6-years-old and I instantly enjoyed that so I started studying at the preparing for Success Program through Southern Cross which then led into starting studying full-time.

If I look back at my time at Southern Cross I'm very thankful to the staff. They're real people, they do the whole professional aspect really well but they also take the time to get to know you.

They supported me by allowing me to study online, particularly with the Summer School that's offered for those that are willing, they can continue their study over summer.

That flexibility is really a great thing. Through Southern Cross I was awarded a scholarship to go and teach in Vietnam for three weeks, it was an amazing experience. Being an educational professional it was really refreshing visiting a country where education is just valued so highly.

I've now been teaching nearly three years at core public school. I do come every day and I want to learn and I grow and I want to get better at what I'm doing. It's one of those professions that the more you give the more you get back and the more you feel a sense of achievement.

You can turn a kid's day from being an average day to a really great day with just a few little comments.

And I think that is so powerful.

Super-charge your career with a Southern Cross University short course. (0:31)

One day soon I'm gonna be the boss.

And I'm going to teach and empower the next generation. One day soon I'll use Science to save the planet and one day soon I'll save lives. Right now I'm ready to take the first step.

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