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?
Teaching was something I always wanted to do and I decided to become a teacher when I was in Year 11. A major influence for this decision was my own high school science teacher. I had her as my science teacher from Year 8-10 and then my Biology teacher in Year 11 and 12. She was so inspiring. She made science interesting, relevant and authentic. She made me see that teaching is a creative profession. She was also a caring person and showed me that a teacher can make a huge impact on a young person’s life. This teacher later became one of my mentors. She was my prac supervisor and later my head teacher when I first got my casual teaching block.
I’ve had many roles in education. I’ve been a science teacher, year advisor, Head Teacher Science and Head Teacher Welfare. I’ve worked at Rose Bay Secondary College, Auburn Girls High School and Merrylands High School, teaching a diverse range of students. I’m currently in a temporary non-school based position with the NSW Department of Education, supporting teachers and schools in STEM.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
My students and my colleagues keep me inspired and motivated. There’s nothing like seeing a young person’s mind spark because of the experiences you’ve created for them. I also have a very inspirational and supporting professional learning network, from my own school community at Merrylands High School, my current colleagues in the Secondary Education unit in NSW Department of Education and my online professional learning network.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The biggest rewards are definitely the learning experiences you create and share with your students and colleagues. Sharing your passion for teaching and learning with the next generation is not only rewarding, but pivotal for our society. Some challenges for educators include wellbeing. Sometimes as educators, we are caught up in our work because we are so passionate and forget to look after ourselves. If we don’t look after our own wellbeing, we cannot teach our students effectively.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
To ensure ALL teachers and students to continuously improve themselves. To make sure all students, regardless of their circumstances to reach their full potential.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
EduTweetOz is a great way for teachers to share their passion of teaching and learning with the wider Australian community and the wider global community. My hope for hosting EduTweetOz for the week will be to share my passion in science education, STEM education and innovation in teaching and learning.