Andrea Fulton

Department of Education

Attending a one-teacher primary school fuelled my strong desire to become a teacher. In 1980 following my training in SA, I taught for one year in a three-teacher rural school.

Like many other educators seeking an interstate experience, I began a working trip around Australia and upon arriving in Darwin in 1983, I began teaching at Anula School.

Teaching in the Territory has provided me so many opportunities. I completed a teacher-exchange in Canada in 1987 and have taught at numerous schools: Anula, Wagaman, Nightcliff Primary, Darwin High, and Sanderson.

My work has shifted from the classroom to working across whole school communities and at system level. My many corporate roles include Education for Girls, EAL/D, Literacy, Middle Years, National and Systemic Assessment. I am currently a teaching and learning officer in Reporting and Performance Capability.

I am privileged to have worked with truly inspiring teachers during my career and have learnt so much from them. They have been so generous in sharing their wisdom and experience.

I am actively involved in professional teaching associations as a long-term member of the Australian Literacy Educators Association, and Treasurer of the Professional Teachers Association NT.

I am humbled to have been welcomed into so many students’ lives and to have shared their journeys. In my 35 years with the NT Department of Education I have never lost sight of the importance of the work of teachers.

I never did complete that trip around Australia but there are no regrets.