Reanna Clayton moved from studying Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Agriculture to teaching it.
After working on a private farm and Melbourne Polytechnic's Yan Yean farm, Reanna returned to the Department in Agriculture and Animal Science as a teacher. She shares her passion for farming in subjects such as tractor driving, mustering cattle and climate risk management
Completing the Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Agriculture in 2004, Reanna Clayton is now a teacher in the Agriculture program of Melbourne Polytechnic, which was formerly known as NMIT.
Reanna Clayton completed the Diploma of Agriculture in 2004 and is now passing on her passion and knowledge as a teacher in the Melbourne Polytechnic Agriculture program.
"I applied for a degree in agriculture at a university, when I wasn't aware of the TAFE options. When I didn't get into that course I looked around and found Melbourne Polytechnic . The next year I started studying here."
"I loved getting out on the farm, being involved in all the farm activities and being able to contribute and suggest things."
"We were a big group and very diverse. There were all different nationalities, people who were born on farms and others who were born in the city. We had this really cool friendship and I've kept in contact with a lot of the friends I made. I loved every minute of it."
"Phil Tripp was my teacher. He was passionate and he passed that onto me. Now Phil is the Head of Department in Agriculture and Animal Science. He's still got that passion and he tries to get us to teach the same way."
Reanna teaches across all areas of the Melbourne Polytechnic Agriculture program, including tractor driving, harvesting, establishing crops, mustering cattle, climate risk management and building websites.
After finishing her studies in 2004, Reanna worked for a year on a local farm and then applied for a position at Melbourne Polytechnic's farm in Yan Yean. She worked there for three and a half years before she was successful in applying for a teaching position in Melbourne Polytechnic's Agriculture program.
"These days farming is much more than being able to work hard in the great outdoors, it's much more scientific, we now have state of the art technology readily available for farmers to calculate, predict and analyse data to get more consistent results, therefore increasing productivity."
"My main aim at the end of the year is that the students are employable and reliable. I want them to come away from the course with smiles on their faces and be ready to recommend it to their peers."
"Things are always changing. It's not all doom and gloom as it was during the drought. Now with the rain and the good seasons, it gives me a real kick to train students up to get out into the industry that I love. I can't really see myself moving from this position."
"My ultimate goal is to have my own farm and make a profit on it but I think my heart will always be in teaching and trying to pass on my knowledge to others."
Agriculture and Animal Science