What is your role at Glennie?
How do you work with the girls to create individual learning pathways?
I work with the girls in an individual capacity to determine their interests and skillsets. We develop a list of possibilities that I encourage them to consider. It is important for the girls to see how small steps can lead them in a direction that is firstly achievable and secondly somewhere they want to be.
What advice do you give to girls if they are unsure about what they would like to do after school?
I recommend undertaking careers or aptitude type testing that can help narrow down the field for them. From there it's about choosing the best fit and trying that out with either work experience, talking with someone in that field or even their first job. If it doesn't work out, this is not seen as a loss of time but rather a valuable lesson in what not to do. I encourage the girls to see that changing their mind is okay and to take what they learn into the next opportunity.
What qualifications do you hold?
Bachelor of Psychology
Honours in Social Science (Psychology)
Cert IV Trainer and Assessor
What are your professional achievements and roles?
I run my own registered training business separate to the school and have been involved in the careers business now for over 15 years. Previous to my role at Glennie, I managed an alternative education program for young people not engaged in school where the focus was obtaining employment and qualifications.
Why are you passionate about girls education?
I have three girls of my own, all now grown up, and unfortunately, they didn't receive the best careers advice or guidance. I feel that girls who receive that support during high school are much more motivated to firstly determine their goals and secondly start working on achieving those goals. Having a reason to be educated makes it easier for girls to focus on their schooling.
What sets Glennie apart from other schools?
Glennie girls are so welcoming of new girls, respectful of each other and demonstrate tolerance and acceptance of others to such a high degree.
What is something others may not know about you?
I have five children in my Brady bunch family and several pets that keep me very busy (and happy) outside of school.
What excites you about your role at The Glennie School?
I love it when girls achieve something, whether that be succeeding at a job interview, getting into a course or deciding on a career pathway. The happiness you see on their faces makes the role so worthwhile.
What do you think the future of unique learning pathways looks like?
I feel my style of teaching/training has always been unique, or individualised, in that I believe every lesson or exercise needs to be tailored to suit the individual. Making the lesson suit the student's learning style means they will learn more, want to learn more and recognise the value in learning.