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Walking in two worlds:
BY TRACEY EDSTEIN
Teacher Michael Healy sees himself as
"living in two worlds -- the world of those
who hear and the world of the Deaf or
hearing-impaired". Michael belongs to the
latter -- in fact he is profoundly deaf -- but
his professional and personal qualities allow
him to move easily between the two worlds.
Recently Michael graduated from the
University of Newcastle with degrees
in Teaching (Primary) and Arts and
was awarded the Vice Chancellor's
Commendation for Excellence, recognising
his Distinction grade average across all his
Graduation day is a big one for any student,
especially one who has worked full-time
and studied part-time for eight years, but
for Michael, it was extra special. En route
to the university, mortarboard and gown
at the ready, he visited his students at St
Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired
Children at Mayfield.
They loved seeing Mr Healy, whom they
knew from his practicum
and his current teaching
stint, dressed to the
nines and had lots
of questions about
both his garb and
on behalf of
and young James tried on the
mortarboard for size.
Michael's story is a wonderful example of
overcoming adversity and setting one's
sights high. His mother, Maria, admits it
was a shock to find that the third of her
three sons was profoundly deaf. "He was
about nine months old and I knew he was
different from his brothers." A paediatrician
confirmed deafness and that changed the
lives of each member of the family.
They moved from Canberra, where
Michael's Irish Dad, Don, universally
known as Paddy, had served in the army.
Newcastle was deemed to offer the best
educational opportunities for Michael, and
at age 6 he began his schooling at the
Catholic Centre for Deaf Children, a ministry
of the Dominican Sisters at Waratah. He
then proceeded to San Clemente High
School where there was support available
and sat for his Higher School Certificate
at St Mary's Campus, All Saints College,
Maitland -- where, ironically, the principal
was Michael Healy!
Looking back, Michael says that studying
for the HSC with one-to-one support only
once a week "was really hard". However,
he followed in his brothers' footsteps and
not only maintained his commitment to
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Maria, Michael and Paddy Healy
on Graduation Day.
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