1. What is your background?
I moved to Australia from the UK when I was 10. I grew up on the NSW Central Coast. I have 4 siblings. I played soccer for a number of years and have played a variety of sports including netball, basketball, touch football, softball, cricket and triathlon.
I have been married for 25 years and have a 16 year old daughter. I have lived at Lennox Head for 21 years.
2. What do you remember best about primary school?
The amount of sport available when I came to Australia- trying my best to fit in with an English accent and really enjoying creative writing.
3. What teaching qualifications do you have?
I have a Bachelor of Primary Education.
4. Where else have you worked and how has it shaped your general outlook and your approach to teaching children today?
I worked as a Youth Worker at a youth juvenile justice centre. I have worked on cruise ships and at a USA summer camp. I have had the opportunity to teach in the UK for three years.
I spent 14 years working in outdoor education at sport and recreation camps. I have taught at a variety of schools including one teacher schools to larger multi class schools.
My approach to teaching children is to listen to them and get to know them- which in turn provides a connection and the opportunity to know what the child likes, wants and needs. Communication is the most important aspect of teaching. Being empathetic and consistent is also key.
5. What are your main teaching and classroom philosophies?
To be firm and fair. I believe children need positive reinforcement and the opportunity to recognize their abilities. I think encouraging children to have high expectations of themselves influences their success and self belief. A good teacher caters for a variety of abilities, listens and takes the time to get to know each student individually. Checking in with each child on a daily basis can be life changing for some!
6. Why do you enjoy teaching at BCPS?
I enjoy teaching at BCPS for many reasons. It makes me happy! I love the individuality of the children. The self confidence and strong respect for each other. The lack of bullying and the kind way kids treat each other. Our Board Of Directors are supportive, dedicated and realistic. I love the community spirit and the open interaction and relationships with parents. The staff are dedicated, intelligent, supportive, helpful and friendly. I like the creative atmosphere and opportunity to really teach with a minimum of discipline issues. I like the way our kids have an input in what they learn.
7. What do you enjoy teaching the most?
It is no surprise that I love teaching sport and PE! I truly love teaching the Dolphins (kindergarten) due to their thirst for knowledge, their honesty, their affection and the happy, positive and often humorous moments they provide. I also love teaching the Seahorse class (stage 1), especially creative writing. The kids bring a tear to my eye sometimes when I read a word or phrase that they have used in their writing. I love providing an avenue for their creativity and sense of expression. Of course I am also very happy teaching all classes at BCPS and cherish the chance to be in their rooms as a casual – to see how far they have come!
8. What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is my family and providing a safe, loving home for them. I also feel proud of representing NNSW in soccer twice. I am proud of having my writing published on 2 occasions.
9. What aspirations still lie ahead of you?
I am writing a book which I would love to finish and publish. I want to continue keeping fit and healthy and completing more triathlons.
10. What occupies your time outside school hours?
Family, writing, swimming/walking on the beach, dreaming and planning travel.
Spending time with friends.
11. If you weren’t a primary teacher, how do you think you’d be spending your days?
I would be a travel guide- taking people on treks and showing them amazing places.