How many years have you been teaching?
Which subject/s do you teach?
What qualifications do you hold?
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education with Commendations from the Dean
Bachelor of Nursing
Which other subject areas are you interested in?
Why are you passionate about girls education?
Growing up with three older brothers, it was not always easy to be heard or understood. As I matured, I saw that society was not much help either. Women are always being told to be this way or that.
I have worked in co-educational settings and in my opinion, girls are short-changed. Among a sea of boys, girls cannot be heard. Teaching girls is about giving girls confidence to withstand the storms of life and with grace, walk their own path. It is not always easy but it makes me happy.
What sets Glennie apart from the other schools?
I have worked in a highly academic and well-respected boys school in inner-city Brisbane and I have worked in State schools and other private girls schools. From my experience, Glennie is the best school.
It is placed in a beautiful country setting and with its architectural buildings, flowers and looming trees, it always makes me feel proud and happy to come to work. Mostly though, the girls and the teachers are genuine. In my first weeks at Glennie, I had girls chatting to me about selling prize bulls and co-workers inviting me into their homes to share a meal. We are all focused on academia but more than that, there is a kindness and hospitality at Glennie that sets it apart.
What is something others may not know about you?
I was a nurse in Paediatrics and Aged Care. When I was working with children, I was with children with cancer and cystic fibrosis. I will never forget this experience and I think that it has made me a better teacher.
What excites you about teaching?
Teaching is never boring. Every day is something new. I enjoy thinking about ways to present a topic and wondering how to make my classes more interesting and practical. Mainly though, I like being with my students. I genuinely like hearing their stories, laughing with them, and helping them where I can.
What do you think the future of teaching looks like?
Teaching is always changing. There may be changes to the way that teachers are viewed, knowledge gained or work may be increasingly set online. However, the basic idea that teachers have a relationship with their students and they help them to succeed and follow their dreams will not change. While I cannot predict the future of teaching, I try not to forget the basics.