Tell us a little bit about your background.
I did my undergraduate degree in Performing Arts at USQ in Toowoomba in conjunction with working in hospitality. After that I held management positions both in retail and real estate. My role was to train new staff, hence my decision to later pursue a career in teaching.
Whilst raising children I completed postgraduate certification in education at Griffith University in Australia. After that I taught for 18 years in the Queensland State School system whilst also running a graphic design and marketing business with my husband. I then taught at various private schools before joining ACG Jakarta in 2012.
What do you like most about your role as a teacher?
I love those moments when students are hanging onto every word I say - that wide eyed look you get when a student gets ‘hooked’ on learning a topic or subject they had previously perceived as boring or irrelevant. Witnessing the transition from a dependent learner who dutifully attends school, to a self-autonomous life-long learner brings me great joy and satisfaction.
What’s the secret to your teaching success?
Students can see that I am passionate about learning. My room is colourful, interesting and fully resourced with books and charts that stimulate curiosity. My love of art encourages creativity and risk-taking and my civic pride inspires students to be responsible global citizens who believe they have the power to change the world.
What inspires you?
People who can paint pictures with words. Whether they are teachers from my childhood, my father regaling his war time tales or a person courageous enough to give a Ted Talk; someone who communicates information emotively, has my utmost admiration.
What advice would you give to students who want to succeed in life?
To be tenacious, resourceful and to have confidence in their own abilities in reaching goals. To recognise that a successful person learns from mistakes and never fears making another one. Success isn’t the end of one journey, but a continued thirst for knowledge and understanding.