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 completed my BA Education (Secondary, Humanities and Social Sciences), with majors in Geography and English, at the University of Sydney in 2002. Over the past 15 years teaching in South West Sydney I have had a variety of roles, including relieving in executive positions and am proud to be accredited as a Highly Accomplished Teacher. In May 2016 I moved out of school, via merit selection, to the Teacher Quality team at the Department looking after induction, professional learning and accreditation. Last May I took a promotional position as relieving PSO (PEO) for Leadership and High Performance giving strategic policy advice in the areas of School excellence, LSLD, Teacher Quality and Leadership.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
As a teacher I am passionate about my subject areas, in particular Society & Culture, and enjoy sharing my expertise with other teachers. Working with students, early career teachers and school leaders keeps me motivated to be the best teacher and systems leader I can be.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The biggest rewards are seen in the classroom every day. Classroom teaching has immediate rewards – your impact is seen, known and measureable. The impact of school and system leaders is however harder to measure. Change management is a huge issue for education right now along with how we ‘undo’ the teaching and learning myths about what works best to improve student learning.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I might open this question up to the EduTweetOz peeps for discussion but my answer would include leveraging off the expertise that currently exists in our schools. Every school should have a quality teacher in every classroom, every lesson.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
I’m hoping for some robust but friendly debate and definitely some myth busting on quality teaching and leadership. Later this week I’ll be Tweeting from Canberra at the AITSL HALT Summit – with the countries most expert teacher leaders.