USQ student-teacher and past pupil of Parke State School, Eboni Chapman, returned to her old primary school for her final teaching prac. Eboni taught alongside her former teacher, Chelli Tarlinton.
USQ student-teacher and past pupil of Parke State School, Eboni Chapman, returned to her old primary school for her final teaching prac. Eboni taught alongside her former teacher, Chelli Tarlinton. VALERIE HORTON

Eboni returns as a teacher

NOT MUCH has changed at Parke State School in the 15 years since Eboni Chapman started Year 1.

But now the 21-year-old university student is sitting at the front of the classroom and working alongside the teachers she knew as a child.

Ms Chapman has just completed her final internship as part of her Bachelor of Education.

She attended Parke State School in Maryborough for all her primary years and says she always thought of it as her “safe place”.

“Parke has always been my little sanctuary,” she said.

“I knew the dynamics of the school and what the staff were like.

“Not much has changed really.”

Teacher aide Margaret Jarvis – known to the students as Mrs J – was at the school when Ms Chapman started Year 1.

And teacher Chelli Tarlinton arrived when Ms Chapman was about 11-years-old.

For the past six weeks Ms Chapman has assisted Mrs Tarlinton in the classroom with the Prep and Year 1 students.

“I've only just started being able to call Mrs T Chelli, but I just can't do it with Mrs J, I can't bring myself to call her Marg,” she said.

“Mrs J was always the teacher aide we looked up to and now here I am and I have to tell her what I want her to do. It's really strange.”

Mrs Tarlinton said it was “bizarre” working with a past student.

“They are so little, and then all of a sudden they are grown-up and adults and it's really bizarre.

“It's been great to have her here.”



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