Hi, I am a Science and Maths teacher at a small, rural P12 College in south-west Victoria, Australia. I started blogging in 2008 with the encouragement of two great teachers here at Hawkesdale, Anne Mirtschin and Jess McCulloch. I use this site as a planning and reflection tool, with my students to enhance their science learning, to share their work with parents and friends and to make global connections.
My students probably can’t imagine me as a student so here are two class photos, taken in Grade 1 (1972) and Year 7 (1978). Yes – it was back in the days of black and white and count how many students in the class! Can you find me? I’ll give you a clue – I’m the girl with only one bow in my hair. Can you find me in the second photo? Leave me a comment below if you think you know which student is me.
I was born and lived in Melbourne for the first 21 years of my life. I have always loved nature and wildlife, which led to a science degree at La Trobe University, majoring in Botany and Zoology. I also liked art and drawing and thought at one stage I might like to be a ranger. When I was 21, I moved to Darwin, working in a pathology laboratory, and then travelled overseas for a few years. I worked as a waitress and as a hostess on yachts, sail-training vessels and other boats. I also worked at Manyeleti Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park for a few months, when I travelled to South Africa. I have also worked at Merrijig Ski Lodge at Mt Buller and qualified as a commercial cook.
I returned to Australia and moved to Warrnambool, where I met my husband, and now I live on a sheep and cattle property in the SW of Victoria. I completed a Graduate Diploma of Education through Monash University, by Distance Education in 2003 and started at Hawkesdale P12 College the following year. I have two children, James and Alannah, and love teaching and learning with technology. I enjoy cooking and eating with friends and family and in 2011 I am participating in the 365 photo-a-day challenge.