A friendship with an autistic child and a life experience in Fiji have provided the inspiration for a 2018 Catholic school graduate to pursue a career as a teacher working with special needs children. Source: The Southern Cross.
When Cara Piantadosi started at Adelaide’s Kildare College halfway through Year 8 she did not have much focus on her education.
“I was a bit of a naughty student to be honest, I didn’t know where to focus my attention and I played up a lot,” Ms Piantadosi said.
However, through the holidays of year 10, Ms Piantadosi took the opportunity to work at a regional school in Fiji, staying with a host family and assisting in the classroom. Having experienced the community’s way of life, their positivity and their gratefulness, Ms Piantadosi returned to Kildare with renewed focus.
“I learnt to appreciate the opportunities that were given to me. To have an education is such a privilege, and to be able to help other young people achieve their goals is something that I want to be a part of.”
It was also around this time that Ms Piantadosi started spending a lot of time with the family of a friend who have a child with autism. She enjoyed the interaction and became a volunteer with organisations who organise events and functions for children with special needs.
In Year 12 last year, Ms Piantadosi achieved outstanding results, obtaining an ATAR of 98 and receiving a merit for child studies.
Reflecting on her school journey at Kildare, Ms Piantadosi thanked the dedication, passion and commitment of the teaching staff for guiding her and providing the clarity needed to set her on her chosen pathway.
Exemplifying the Brigidine spirit that Kildare instils in all their students, Ms Piantadosi now lives out the values in her day to day life.
“I will definitely continue my volunteer work with special needs children. I’m also returning to Fiji to work in a school for seven weeks, which will be another amazing experience that I will cherish.”
Fiji experience provides focus for Cara’s career choice (The Southern Cross)