I can’t imagine a world without children. My life has always been filled with children – I was even one once a long time ago! Children are my favourite kind of people. I haven’t met one I haven’t liked yet! They are an endless source of joy for me – intelligent, honest and entertaining in their uniqueness.
I turned twenty-one a month after I began teaching my very first class in Dubbo. My first years in teaching were spent in lower primary classes in western NSW before taking a break from the classroom to raise my family of four children for twelve years. During this time I was involved in running small family businesses and studied Business at TAFE. But I always considered myself a teacher first and foremost and loved the time I spent at home with my children, including a short stint of home-schooling with my eldest daughter.
One day in 2001 I received a phone call unexpectedly asking me to do a day’s teaching at Blackall Range Independent School. A day turned into ten years! During this time I was fortunate enough to teach both of my youngest children for three years each in Middle Primary– I always felt as if I was home schooling, with some delightful companions joining us along the way.
In 2008 I decided to go back to university to study in Special Education. This led to work with Education Queensland attached to Special Education Programs and working with students from Prep to Year 12.
I have been so fortunate in my teaching career to have worked alongside many talented and dedicated teachers. Now that I am back at Blackall Range I hope to share the many things they have taught me along the way, whilst continuing to grow and learn in this latest stage of my teaching journey.