Life before Girton
- I’m an old Girtonian – graduated in 1999
- Double Degree in Education and Performing Arts at Deakin University, Burwood
- Ten years’ service in the public system at Buckley Park College, Essendon
- Teacher of Drama, Theatre Studies, English, Media and VCAL
What I Love about Teaching
I love working on creative projects with young people – it’s always encouraging to see students of any age getting involved. I particularly enjoy giving opportunities for students who wouldn’t normally think of themselves as creative to be part of productions or performances and seeing them rise to the occasion.
Another aspect of teaching that I love is collaborating with my colleagues. You always get to know your colleagues well as you work on a shared vision throughout the year.
Girton provides me the opportunity to do so many wonderful large scale performances as well as opportunities to take students to professional productions that I would not have been able to do in the past.
The resources that Girton provides are fantastic – the Black Box is such a wonderful space to use.
What do you like best about the subject/s you teach?
Drama and Theatre Studies are wonderful subjects. You get to move away from the desk and books to explore ideas in a kinaesthetic way. You get to travel to Melbourne and watch some incredible live performances – then we try to apply what we’ve seen in our own work.
I think Theatre Studies appeals to the English teacher in me. Studying plays and analysing the playwright’s vision and ideas is exciting to look into for me and the students.
Outside the classroom, the skills I hopefully impart to students include:
- How to work with others
- How to be part of a team
- How to collaborate effectively
- How to direct and apply creativity
My favourite classroom activity
One of my favourite tasks to teach is ensemble work in Drama or the Production task in VCE Theatre Studies. This is where I get to see the students formulating ideas, researching, rehearsing and presenting. And the great thing is, I get to work with them and hopefully, offer ideas of inspiration along the way.
What difference can good teaching make?
In my eyes, good teaching means the students are really clear about what they are learning and what skills need improving.
Good teaching means students are engaged and interested in the subject.
Good teaching means the student is motivated to learn and apply what they’ve discovered.
My co-curricular involvement include:
- The Senior School Production
- Class Clowns
- Backstage Club
- The Boy’s Item
Outside of school, my hobbies include:
- Home renovation
- Guitar/mandolin playing
- Vegie growing
- Food (cooking and eating!)