The most powerful weapon is education, says Moree Secondary College teacher Jason Auld
It’s hard to be a philanthropist without millions of dollars to splash around.
But then again, you don’t necessarily have to be a millionaire to enrich the lives of others.
Moree Secondary College teacher, Jason Auld always had his sights set on helping others, and while his bank balance ruled out philanthropy as his first career choice, a career in education came in a close second.
“There is no greater feeling knowing I can enrich someone else’s life through the power of education,” Mr Auld said.
“It still amazes me at times that an education really is the most powerful weapon a person can have, and to steal from the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘in opening the world beyond the normal restraints of society’.
“That education can change the lives of generations of people, it truly is a wonderful thing,” Mr Auld smiles, his enthusiasm infectious.
A Coffs Harbour local, Mr Auld was enticed west when his wife, Ellie, took up a position in Moree in 2006.
After completing his first degree – a Bachelor of Education – at the University of Armidale, Mr Auld took up a position at Moree Secondary College from 2008 to 2009, before returning again in 2013.
“The opportunities I have had coaching sporting teams; the chance to organise great excursions for our students; the support to try new programs; and the willingness of people to help our students achieve success is a source of constant inspiration during my time at Moree Secondary College,” he said.
However, he said nothing compares to the inspiration drawn from his students, who he describes as “just truly awesome kids”.
Currently Year 10 adviser, PBL co-ordinator and HT wellbeing teacher, Mr Auld has embraced everything Moree has to offer.
A Member of the Moree Race Club committee and keen touch footballer and fisherman, he is also raising three young daughters in Moree.
“Without a willingness to be involved in community life, it’s impossible to enjoy the full scope of our great town, and I’m excited to get involved and see our children grow into great little humans in this wonderful environment,” Mr Auld said.
Having helped guide a number of Year groups through the final years of education, Mr Auld believes it is vital for a student to be his or her own harshest critic.
“Life is hard without choices, and the only person you have to prove yourself to is the person you look at in a mirror,” he said.
“So, be your harshest and truest critic, and don’t judge someone unless you have stood in their shoes.”
Words: Georgina Poole