Staff Profile: Laura Love, School Psychologist
29 May 2020
Laura has worked for the Department for seven “wonderful” years as a School Psychologist, with experience prior to this working across counselling, communications, facilitating learning, behavioural therapy, and rehabilitation. Originally from Sydney, she studied at Western Sydney University where she was awarded the Vice-Chancellors Leadership Scholarship and then moved to the Gold Coast where she completed her Postgraduate studies in Psychology at Bond University (whilst working as a commercial model, which was a lot of fun!).
Laura loves her work as a School Psychologist in Tasmania, working across several schools in the north of the state. “Working intimately with children, families and educators is such a privilege, and I really enjoy supporting the team around students to help them carve out a brighter future,” Laura says. “It’s a great feeling to be part of school communities, and make lasting and meaningful change to the lives of others. I honestly believe it’s one of the best jobs out there!”
Laura says every day is different and rewarding, and she is passionate about helping students who are disengaged, not attending school or not able to set foot on school grounds to come back to school full time, be successful learners and thrive. “Our education system has a profound impact on shaping future generations here in Tasmania, and it is a great way to have a meaningful impact on the lives of others.”
“I find that working with children keeps you playful, curious and focused on what is important. It is also very cool that I carry a briefcase full of toys to work every day, not everybody can say they do that!”
Laura was also part of a specialist leadership team from 2014-2018, the Respectful School Support Team, which worked across the north of Tasmania focusing on student behaviour. “There are so many opportunities for career progression and working more intensively on complex issues, and I have loved having that variety available to me, but craved coming back to school psychology after awhile.” When asked whether she would recommend the Department of Education as a great place to work, Laura says she absolutely would. “Go for it – apply now! Whether you are an early career graduate or you bring a wealth of experience from other services, never underestimate how the unique qualities you bring to this role can make a positive difference in a child’s life.”
“Tasmania is also an amazing place to live and work – my husband and I are both Sydney-siders and nature lovers at heart so we love the balance that living in Tasmania brings compared to congested, fast-paced cities. For us, the Apple Isle has been a fantastic place to purchase a property, raise our children and grow our own veggies.”