Brad Golledge | Aspire
Brad would have benefited from a program like ASPIRE when he was in high school. While he was a high achiever, he was from a migrant family in a low socio-economic status school with parents who didn’t finish high school.
Leaving home at the age of 19, Brad worked in the steel making/mining industry for 10 years. Combining his love of travel and sport, he played American football for NSW and Australia touring both Europe and the USA. His love of coaching saw him take two teams to state titles which showed him how sport and mentoring impacted young lives. He then decided to leave the mining industry to pursue a career in teaching. Poor HSC results at high school meant Brad needed to complete a bridging course prior to accessing university, which he did at the University of Wollongong, going on to study a Bachelor of Science Education, also at Wollongong University.
Brad started his teaching career in London working with students in the Behaviour Unit. He loved working with students whom other teachers considered ‘unteachable’. Moving back to Australia he continued teaching students with additional behavioural needs in Wollongong, Melbourne and Sydney.
Brad heard about the role of ASPIRE Project Officer through a friend who was working at UNSW at the time.
“I have never wanted to work for an organisation more than I do with ASPIRE because ‘teenage me’ could have really used a program like this.”