Life before Girton
I attended Catholic College Bendigo from year 7 through to year 12. I completed my Bachelor of Science at Monash University, majoring in Immunology and Microbiology. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at RMIT University, Bundoora. I commenced my first year of teaching at Wallan Secondary College, teaching Psychology, Science and Humanities. At the start of 2015 I was employed by Girton Grammar to teach science and mathematics.
What I Love about Teaching
I love adding previously unknown facts about topics into the course to keep the students engaged and I love helping students understand how the world works.
What do you like best about the subjects you teach?
Science is an ever expanding subject. What was fact yesterday becomes outdated today.
Science is a very hands on subject and this quality allows the students to explore the different concepts thoroughly.
Mathematics provides students with concepts needed later on in life, for example how to budget their money. Science explains why we see as we do, how the television and microwave work, how our bodies control our temperature and how electricity is used to run our homes.
My favourite classroom activity
My favourite classroom activity is the dissection of bovine eye balls. This is done as part of the Optics topic in the year 9 science curriculum. It shows the students the different components of the eye and how they all go together to function. The bovine eye ball is used as it is very similar to a human eye but larger.
The students love the hands on approach in this activity and the physical view of the eye that it gives. This activity allows for the consolidation of the parts of the eye topic that we cover.
What difference can good teaching make?
Good teaching in science or mathematics allows for the development of good questioning abilities, patience, good problem solving abilities and listening skills. These attributes lead to a student who is successful in life, academically, personally and in the workforce.
I like to try to intrigue the students and by doing so hope to pass on a high level of curiosity about the way things are and a keen sense of adventure.
I am actively involved in the coaching of a year 8 Girton Netball team. I encourage the students to work together and enjoy the activity.
In my spare time I enjoy reading (everything and anything) and horse riding.