How many years have you been teaching?
Which subject/s do you teach?
Life, the Universe and Everything
What qualifications do you hold?
Bachelor of Music - majoring in Performance
Graduate Diploma of Education
Graduate Certificate of Arts
Which other subject areas are you interested in?
Why are you passionate about girls education?
I am passionate that all girls receive a well-rounded, holistic education that provides them with the knowledge, skills, opportunities and values to know who they are and chase the life they want.
What sets Glennie apart from the other schools?
Our focus on the development of the whole person - All She Can Be®. We care about all aspects of the girls' growth and work hard to provide a community that nurtures each girl to become who they want to be.
What is something others may not know about you?
I really enjoy travelling and cooking.
What excites you about teaching?
As much as change can be wearying some times, I think what excites me about teaching is that there are always opportunities to try something new and to change and grow. I also enjoy working in a team, whether that be with my colleagues or my students and I always get excited by the prospect of the discussions and projects that I can become involved in. The greatest reward for a teacher is to see their students succeeding, that is what I come every day to be part of.
What do you think the future of teaching looks like?
I think remote delivery has made us all re-evaluate what is important in the classroom. In school, we value times to connect and participate in dynamic learning opportunities but we also need to cater more for those who thrive independently, whose natural affiliation is to learn in isolation. I have seen greater engagement through the iLoveGlennieSchooling program with some students because they can work at their own pace. Perhaps we need to work towards a greater balance between online delivery of threshold knowledge, which can be completed by the student, using resources developed by the teacher, independently and activities planned for class time that engage and challenge students to work together and develop vital skills of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
What are your professional achievements and roles?
My current role at Glennie is Head of Department - Religious Education. In this role, I have worked hard with my team of RE teachers to re-design the RE Curriculum at Glennie for Years 7 to 12 to account for changes in time allocation and pedagogy. In Modern History, I have been a founding member of the Darling Downs Modern History Network, established by Dr Alison Bedford. Our vision for this network was to provide a community of practice to support teachers in the implementation of the new QCE in 2019-2020. This network ran two successful conferences at Glennie in 2018 and 2019. I have also presented, with Dr Alison Bedford, at two State QHTA Conferences (2019 and 2020) and an HTANSW 'Teaching History Symposium' (2019) about our implementation of the Harkness Method in our history classrooms and our change towards a more student-led inquiry approach. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to develop my pedagogical knowledge and over the past few years I have become more confident in my teaching style and what is important to me as a teacher.