Career switch puts Lisa at top of the class

Published: Comments:
Education & Schools Employment & Training Lifestyle University & TAFE

USC Gympie student Lisa Tritton.

Organisation is the secret to success for Gympie businesswoman and mother-of-two Lisa Tritton who is USC’s highest-achieving final-year Primary Education student.

After a variety of careers including banking, training and assessing, and co-owning a sheet metal fabrication business in Gympie, the 47-year-old decided to revert to her high school plan of becoming a teacher – and has not looked back.

“I began studying teaching after high school but deferred when I was offered a great job opportunity,” Ms Tritton said. “I have worked in some interesting roles since then but always wanted to finish my Education degree.”

It was not until USC opened its campus in Gympie in 2013 that she finally got her chance.

“Before, I just simply could not afford the time or money to travel away to study,” she said.

Ms Tritton was recently presented with an Excellence Award from USC’s School of Education for achieving a near perfect grade point average of 6.8 out of a possible 7.

The Excellence Awards acknowledge third and final-year students with the highest grades in each USC Education program.

Other recipients were Trina Sims of Buderim (Early Childhood), Madigan Paine of Sippy Downs (Education/Arts), Matthew McCurdy of Landsborough (Education/Science), Jarrod Westell of Marcoola (Secondary Education/Outdoor Environmental Studies) and Hervey Bay’s Julie Curtis (Primary Education Graduate Entry).

“I think my success comes from having lots of real-world experience, being super-organised and being passionate about what I am learning,” Ms Tritton said.

“My children, currently in Year 4 and Year 6, are my biggest supporters and are wonderful for me to try out teaching and behaviour management strategies on.”

Her short-term goal when she completes her studies at the end of the year is a position as a graduate teacher in the Gympie region – then she plans to expand her horizons.

“I have ambitions to teach in international schools and to gain further qualifications to enable me to lecture at university,” she said.

Associate Lecturer in Education Natalie McMaster said Ms Tritton was an outstanding student who was passionate about becoming a teacher.

“Lisa is a pleasure to teach and I have had the opportunity to watch her grow into a wonderful teacher who will be an asset to any school that she works in,” Ms McMaster said.

Ms Tritton said excellent academic staff, a friendly atmosphere and the convenient location of USC’s Gympie campus had created a wonderful study experience.

“We are a small and close-knit community that works very collaboratively to cement our learning and support each other to achieve our best.”

For information on studying at USC go to

University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Community light trail a celebration of solar 06 December 2018 | USC Sunshine Coast will celebrate its plans to become a solar-powered campus with an ethereal and interactive light trail for the whole community to enjoy during December. More information...
Rebuilding environment in a humanitarian crisis 10 December 2018 | A USC forestry researcher has been called on to help prevent an environmental calamity occurring as a result of the world’s largest refugee crisis along the Myanmar border of Bangladesh. More information...
Green light for students to go global 10 December 2018 | Two USC students will take their studies in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander health and ocean current energy across the Pacific Ocean, after receiving scholarships to study globally. More information...
‘Sweet spots’ the key to habitat restoration success 10 December 2018 | Habitat restoration projects around the world need to be placed more strategically to be successful, researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast have found. More information...
USC’s giving society earns national award 05 December 2018 | The University of the Sunshine Coast’s “bold” move last year to form a philanthropic club to give USC greater financial stability to pursue its ambitious goals has earned national recognition. More information...
Boxer and lifesaving champions inducted into Sports Hall of Fame 07 December 2018 | Boxing great Brad Hore and world lifesaving champion Jenny Parry were inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at USC on Thursday 6 December. More information...
Floods, cyclones bring sickness threat to babies 06 December 2018 | In an Australian first, a study has looked at the health of babies and toddlers following natural disasters – and found formula-fed infants face a much higher risk of sickness. More information...
$380,000 to track chlamydia’s true extent 05 December 2018 | Koalas are not the only Australian animal suffering from chlamydia and Dr Martina Jelocnik from the University of the Sunshine Coast is on a mission to uncover the full extent of the problem. More information...
Research students focus on global food issues 03 December 2018 | Producing food in a sustainable way for the world’s increasing population is high on the agenda for University of the Sunshine Coast PhD students Camila Ribeiro and Natalia Souza. More information...
USC teams win national Govhack awards 29 November 2018 | Two teams of USC Engineering students have earned national 2018 GovHack awards after developing projects that respectively assist people in finding free exercise facilities and develop better industry-based... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service