Jayalakshmi’s passion for education shines through

Greater Springfield teacher Jayalakshmi Vasudevan says her passion to teach students is matched by their energy and liveliness.

The Spring Mountain teacher migrated to Australia in 2009 for a better quality of life, after living in India for several years.

As primary school teacher, Ms Vasudevan is looking forward to teaching Year 1 students when school reopens in February.

She said education was very important in a child’s life and has been teaching in Queensland since 2015.

“I tutor students who need academic support, including those with special needs,” Ms Vasudevan said.

“I did relief teaching at Springfield Lakes State School on several occasions during 2020 and 2021, and a few weeks at Springfield Central State School.

“The children learn important life skills such as critical thinking skills, and develop social and emotional cues.”

Mrs Vasudevan’s son Abhinand Vasudevan is a soon-to-be third year pre-medical student studying at the University of Queensland.

She said having lived in the Greater Springfield region for many years there were plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and encouraged more people to move to the ever-growing city.

“There is a unique combination of conveniences and facilities available within our vicinity like sports complexes, schools, shopping centres and public transport,” she said.

“It is also one of the fastest growing suburbs, so I feel excited to be a part of that.”

Aside from her job as a teacher, Ms Vasudevan is the vice president of the Organisation of Hindu Malayalees (OHM).

The group creates a platform for Hindu Malayalee’s in Queensland to participate and perform in all Hindu-related activities.

The group meets every third Saturday of the month and conducts activities at Moorooka Community Hall.

The activities include singing devotional songs, spiritual talk by professionals and celebrations of respective Hindu festivals.

The not-for-profit organisation promotes Hindu culture and fosters spiritual education among Malayalee communities in Brisbane. There are 55 families actively participating in OHM’s regular programs and membership costs $25 each year.