A charming story of a young woman who faces challenges and finds joy teaching in outback schools.
The year is 1956. Sally Gare is twenty. She's just out of teachers' college, and has been sent to work at a two-teacher school more than 3000 kilometers from Perth. With the head teacher away, she starts out alone with a class of forty-five Aboriginal children, ranging in age from five years to thirteen. Thus begins the career of a remarkable teacher and a life-changing adventure in remote Australia.
Outback Teacher is the story of the challenges and delights of teaching in outback schools in the 1950s and 1960s. Sally's interaction with her students and the local Aboriginal communities is affectionate and heart-warming, although it isn't without its misunderstandings. But the tensions aren't just confined to the school and the local community. Some of the characters with whom Sally shares her less than comfortable housing are as eccentric and as curiously interesting as any escapee to the outback.
Full of warmth, humor and kindness, this generous book reminds us how bush people have always found their own solutions to the problems isolation throws at them. But most importantly, and in the most personal way, it confirms how inspiring and passionate teachers can change lives.
About the Author
Sally Gare (Herzfeld) has been an educator since 1956. She was the principal of the Helena School in Darlington for many years and is still involved in education as part of the Alternative to Violence Project in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Freda Marnie was taught by Sally and has worked as a rural journalist. She is the author of Love, Sweat & Tears (2013), Back of Beyond (2014) and The Amazing Mrs Livesey (2016).