Life before Girton
- Grew up on a dairy farm on the edge of the Snowy Mountains up river from Corryong.
- Completed secondary education at The Scots School.
- Worked at an equipment and machinery hire firm in Albury.
- Moving to Canberra for 12 months to play football for the Ainslie Football Club.
- Employed in the hospitality industry and also as an employee of the club to conduct football clinics in primary schools.
- Attended Latrobe University in Bendigo as a mature age student. Employed by the Bendigo Football League to conduct clinics around Bendigo Primary Schools.
- Worked at Boort and Flora Hill Secondary College
- Inducted into the Army Reserve; officer training in the Melbourne University Regiment.
- Level Two qualified AFL Football coach who has played well over 300 games of VFL/premier division country league football over 20 years.
What I Love about Teaching
As my background indicates, a love of the land/sense of place and testing one’s abilities is something I always strive for. Girton provides the opportunity to engage with and teach students in variety of environments and allows me to share my passions.
What do you like best about the subject/s you teach?
The Humanities and English allow students to really explore and appreciate the human condition. Often the emotions and authorial themes and messages explored in English texts directly stem from historical events and conversely it is the stories that arise from major historical events that I find most fascinating to share with students.
My favourite classroom activity
One of my favourite activities it to take my Year Eight History students outside and re-enact Mongolian battle tactics. The students are able to appreciate the innate battle skills of these horse peoples as well as the organisational talents of their armies’ leaders.
What difference can good teaching make?
A desire to learn and an open mindedness to new things are important. A students many not like a text or historical period but they should be open to the concept that it will broaden their minds.
An ability to appreciate what others can do, that they can’t. But also to have courage to attempt the task; you never know you might enjoy it.
Outside the classroom I co-manage a Basketball team, provide supervision and guidance for students in the school Gym/Weights room and am the MiC of Football.
I enjoy exercising or camping, spending time with my family, tinkering around the backyard or playing or watching some sort of sport. Any chance to get back to the old farm in the mountains to go horse riding, fishing or hunting is relished.