Tiana joined NextPath 2019 and graduated from NextPath 2020, she has always had an interest in Early Childhood Education so when the opportunity to gain more experience in this area became available to Tiana she took it with enthusiasm! Tiana knew she had lots to learn but her eagerness to learn and her passion for the industry made it seem easy.
Tiana participated in her Workplace Learning opportunity with staff at Exploring Tree Early Learning Centre to develop her skills, both interpersonal and professional.
It was with great excitement that staff at NextPath learnt that Tiana had been offered a permanent job at the centre. The staff had seen Tiana's natural flair with the kids and had fallen in love with her. A temporary Workplace Learning placement was simply not enough - they had to make her part of the team for good.
Tiana is now also studying for her certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care. It is with great delight that we watch Tiana as she now works and studies at Exploring Tree. Tiana’s path to self-discovery is well on the way.
Her message to other young people with autism is: “... follow your dreams, follow your heart and eventually you will get there.”
Well done Tiana! We are so incredibly proud.
SBS News covered Tiana's story, which you can check out here.