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Amir Chishti - IT
Before joining TAFE NSW as teacher in 2001, Dr. Amir Chishti worked as a researcher at Yale University (USA) and Australian National University (Canberra), and then as a Network Administrator and Project Manager in the industry. Dr Chishti is now the Head Teacher of IT, and considers it his responsibility to ensure that not only are students taught the right skills, but the curriculum is current and up-to-date.
Dr Chishti thinks that the best thing about TAFE NSW for international students is the practical training that students receive using real equipment – something that sets TAFE NSW apart from other training providers. The result is that when TAFE NSW students graduate, they are job ready.
Belinda Maudson - Entertainment Design
After graduating from the Sydney College of the Arts, Belinda went on to graduate from NIDA’s Theatre Craft Properties course, before adding a teaching degree to her list of qualifications. Prior to joining TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore’s teaching staff, Belinda had extensive experience working on feature films such as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Godzilla’, ‘House of Wax’, ‘Erskineville Kings’ and ‘Angst’, as well as working on the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the staged productions of ‘Dr Zhivago’, ‘Rocky Horror Show’ and ‘Priscilla’.
Since becoming a teacher at TAFE NSW, Belinda and her students have worked on pieces for VIVID Sydney, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, end of year exhibitions and various live events at the Student Excellence Awards and NSW Training Awards. Belinda was recently awarded TVET Teacher of the Year at the 2018 State Training Awards.
Diana Bugarcic - Financial Services
With a background in financial services working for a number of institutions, including being responsible for foreign exchange risk management and the AUD$1 billion investment portfolio for the Treasury department at Qantas Airways, Diana Bugarcic is very well placed to teach TAFE NSW Financial Services students.
Diana remains heavily involved in the financial services industry, contributing to industry consultations through her representation on the Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC), the Financial Advice & Services Industry Council with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINISIA), and academia with the Financial Planning Academics Forum (FPAF).
Jacquie Tang - IT
Jacquie Tang truly understands the concerns and challenges of an international student. After all – she was one! Now a TAFE NSW Technology and Business Services – Information Technology teacher at our Ultimo campus, Jacquie started her career as a Business and Information Systems teacher in Vancouver, Canada, before moving to Sydney to study Information Technology at TAFE NSW Blacktown.
After winning the TAFE NSW State Medal for IT, Jacquie was employed at a number of high profile educational institutions and organisations, before eventually finding her true calling as a full-time TAFE NSW teacher. Jacquie thinks the best thing about being a teacher is watching her students grow, both as people and academically. She is especially drawn to international students as she is uniquely placed to understand the challenges they face in a new country without a familiar support network.
Rod McRae - Design
Dip VCD, Wgtn NZ. Grad Dip Adult Ed, UTS, Syd. Master Fine Arts, UNSW, Syd.
Rod McRae, Head Teacher of Entertainment Design and Illustration at TAFE NSW Design Centre, Enmore, loves welcoming international students into their specialist courses in Live Production Design for Film and Theatre and in Graphic Design (Illustration).
Both are Diploma and above level courses that are unique to the Design Centre Enmore. But the Design Centre also offers amazing entry level courses, such as the Certificate III and IV in Design courses which are immersive and practical, simulating the workplace where ever possible.
All staff at TAFE NSW Design Centre, Enmore are industry professionals with current, up-to-date skills to share, and close links to industry, including: VIVID SYDNEY, The Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Dance Company, Taronga Zoo and the iconic Enmore Theatre.
Trina Storey-Hollis - Beauty
As Head Teacher of Beauty and Makeup at TAFE NSW, Ultimo, Trina Storey-Hollis remains up-to-date and current on all the latest beauty and makeup developments through exposure to the Australian Expo Team, as well as being a guest speaker across many industry seminars and collaborating and building industry partnerships.
Trina considers her main duties as a TAFE NSW teacher to be to provide relevant, high quality and creative learning to skill the workforce of the future, as well as offering the support that allows International students to immerse themselves in the local culture and community.