My educational philosophy can be summed up by this line from Tennyson’s Ulysses: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” What does that all mean? Basically, I am always looking at ways to bring out the best in my students… and when I do, I look for new ways to keep improving. The key to education, much like anything in life, is to work hard, to search, and never to give up.
I have been involved in education in one form or another my entire life: from being a student, to being an intermediary between students and teachers, to being a teacher. I received my Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Geography from the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield) in 2009, making the Deans’ List for Arts and Sciences. I then continued at ACU and received my Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) in 2010. After working as a casual teacher, I became the Student Rights Advocate at the University of Western Sydney (2011-2012). There, I was responsible for providing students with assistance in regards to their education, for example, in appealing malpractice allegations, and for being the voice of the students at an academic level. I also organised student-centred retreats/conferences, and was active in assisting the student leaders reach their full potential. While I was there, I completed my Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (2012). I completed my Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from ACU in 2013, and have been a full-time employed teacher since mid-2013.