About

I began my teaching career in 2007. I am currently in a non-school based role supporting NSW public schools in STEM.

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.

14 thoughts on “About

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  2. Hi Alice and Thanks.

    I am a new graduate teacher in Sci. ATM I am being a bit battered by trying to mesh two aspects of my life – my family’s needs and my need to find a position as a new Grad. Unfortunately due to meeting my family’s needs, I am only able to work part time. As you may appreciate, finding a part time Sci / Maths position in Western Sydney is difficult especially as most of the positions available require “an experienced teacher”.

    For some reason while trawling through the internet and considering my options, I stumbled on your blog. It has been so encouraging. You share! Ideas, quality links, even worksheets. You are integrating those things I would really like to be able to (embedding ICT as a tool for learning, literacy / numeracy, and developing thinking skills in our students)! Frankly this has reminded me of what I am aspiring to do, and that even though I don’t yet know how things will come together, to keep on trying.

    Regards, and again my Thanks. 😀

  3. Hello Alice,

    I hope you don’t mind that I am trying to connect with you this way. I found your blog and saw that you are enthusiastic about technology in learning. I would like to email you about MindMapp, an interesting educational tool.

    I hope to hear from you. You’ll find my email adress in the details of this reply.

    Kind regards, Natasja Oosterloo

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  5. Hi Alice
    Really interested in what you came up with for your AC unit that you developed in the holidays. I can swap a Year 9 AC unit on Plate Tectonics!
    I am a High School Science and Maths teacher in South Australia, btw.
    Gerald Carey

  6. Hi Alice,

    I am a Sydney University student and am working on a research project on the use of technology in education. I would love to speak to you in more detail on this topic. If you would be willing to help out I would be extremely grateful if you could contact me at the email address provided.

    Kind regards,
    Candice.

  7. Hi Alice
    I am a mathematics teacher at Immanuel College in Adelaide – would I be able to email you and make contact. I have been using Raspberry Pi and Minecraft in my Maths classes, amongst other things and I have been inspired by your approach. Kind Regards Sheree Bennett

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