School of Indigenous Studies

Kurtis Leslie


UWA Science Graduate Kurtis Leslie

I was always interested in sport so when it came to deciding what studies to pursue, Exercise and Health Science was the best choice. However after the completion of my degree I knew that I wanted to make a difference in young people’s lives through sports and teaching.

The chance to enrol into the Graduate Diploma of Education course was the perfect option and upon completion my teaching journey took me to Kalgoorlie to teach Physical Education at Eastern Goldfields Senior High School and then back to UWA to teach at the School of Indigenous Studies.

Whilst teaching at the School of Indigenous Studies I was fortunate to enrol into the Masters of Education at UWA. The Masters of Education has allowed me to further develop my understanding of student study skills and it allowed me to attend an American university, the University of New Mexico, on a student exchange programme.

I am now using the skills and experience I learnt as a result of the Diploma of Education and Masters of Education in my current position as the Principal of CAPS (Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School) Coolgardie, a K to 12 educational institution, committed to advancing the academic, sporting and personal gifts in each student.

I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, learn more about myself and as a result of each degree studied at UWA. Professionalism, excellence, opportunity and fun are some of the things that a Graduate Diploma of Education and Masters of Education would provide you with, and I recommend this pathway for any person willing to see change in not only young people’s lives but also their own lives.