I began my teaching career in 2007. I am currently in a non-school based role leading initiatives for schools to support students in their final 2 years of secondary education.
My substantive position is Head Teacher Science at Merrylands High School, a government comprehensive high school in Sydney, Australia. My roles include leading a team of 5 other science teachers to deliver quality science learning to our students as well as leading the integration of technology across all subject areas in the school, which includes leading the school’s Bring Your Own Device program. Previously I have led the implementation of the Digital Education Revolution at Merrylands High School, which is a 1:1 laptop program for high school students.
I have previously taught science and maths and was Year Adviser at Auburn Girls High School. During this time I also held relieving positions as Head Teacher Science and Head Teacher Student Welfare.
I undertake various other projects outside of school. I have been an assessment consultant for UNSWGlobal since 2006. In this role I write and review multiple choice test items for the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. I also construct items for the National Assessment Program in Science Literacy. From 2010 I have been working with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on designing and implementing their summer school programs for high school students in low socio-economic areas as well as UTS’ Inspire Science professional development program for science teachers. I have also worked with UTS on promoting their Remote Labs to schools.
My qualifications include: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education, awarded by the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Certificate in ICT in Education.
I have also received awards in recognition of my teaching, including the NSW Department of Education’s early career teaching award, the 2011 Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award, the Australian Council of Educational Leaders Mary Armstrong award, NSW Department of Education’s innovative use of technology award, 2012 NSW Minister’s Quality Teaching Award and third place in 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Award for Cutting Edge Use of Technology. In 2014 I was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
This blog contains my personal reflections and opinions in my journey as a teacher, learner and leader.