Staff Profile: Maddy Polegaj, DoE Speech and Language Pathologist

Photo of Maddy Polegaj, DOE Speech and Language Pathologist.

Maddy began her career with the Department when she first graduated from the University of Sydney, where she studied a Master of Speech Language Pathology. 

“I had heard it was a great place to work and it definitely is, when you are starting out you are supervised well, there is a great team around you and you get to cover a variety of different areas from speech, language, disability, feeding and stuttering.  It gives you so much experience,” Maddy says.  

After two and a half years, Maddy moved to London for three years where she worked across a number of schools.  “When I moved back to Australia I applied for another job back here at DoE because I had enjoyed it so much, and I have now been in my current position for 18 months.”

Maddy says she loves the diverse caseload, working across several schools in the south of the state.  “I love being able to expand on my skills in the areas that I love, and I am constantly supported to continue to learn.  For me, the most rewarding part is seeing the positive impact we can have on a child’s life.  That impact can be both big and small, and I believe that the work we do here at DoE plays a significant role in supporting the education and long term outcomes of students.”

Maddy says that knowing you have improved a child’s quality of life is a really nice feeling, and that it is amazing to watch a child’s confidence and self-belief grow.  “I love seeing the students I work with achieve their goals and learn new things, knowing you have had an impact on someone’s life is really special.” 

When asked if she would recommend the Department of Education as a great place to work Maddy says she absolutely would.  “DoE is a fabulous place to start your career, we have a really supportive team and amazing seniors who are always there to help and guide you.  You gain experience in all areas of paediatric speech pathology – it is a great place to put into practice everything you have learned at university with strong support.”