Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
I have made the shift from secondary education into higher education. I currently work as a Widening Participation Officer at CQUniversity which involves me visiting primary and secondary schools to talk with students about self-awareness and post-school pathways ultimately to raise aspirations for higher education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. My background in education is as a teacher, Indigenous education officer, teacher aide, sports coach and boarding supervisor mainly in boys’ education. My passion as an educator comes from helping others to be the best they can be. I believe that each one of us has something special to offer we just have to be given the chance to show it!
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
I believe there are parallels between good coaches and good teachers. I find inspiration in reading, watching, and listening to some of the high profile coaches in American college sports on their philosophies on teaching and learning, coach-athlete relationship and managing the individual and team as a whole. Gives me some great insights and potential applications in the classroom.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Some of most pressing issues in education today include education reform, student well-being, post- school pathways, digital divide, remote & rural education, Indigenous Education in Australia and Pasifika Education in the low-socio economic areas. I see the biggest rewards for those in education as the continued growth in numbers of people graduating from secondary school and accessing further education opportunities. It’s rewarding when you see past students being active citizens in the community.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
A starting point would be the flattening of the educational landscape in Australia. Things like all schools having reliable and quality internet connection coupled with technological devices are a basic educational right.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
As more and more in education accept social media use in a professional capacity I see EduTweetOz playing a leadership role in connecting teachers and being a platform for shared discovery. This week I hope to provide a regional/rural perspective on education.