About me

Teacher and and consultant

My 32 year career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. Roles have included History faculty head, and regional and state consultancy with the Education Department of New South Wales. As Technology and Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator at Northern Sydney region, my work included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, implementation of ICT in the classroom, and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. I have presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

State office

My most recent role was School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. 

IPI Training in the mid west

In 2015 I traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and I am now the only teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Experience and career highlights
  • 26 years teaching History and English

  • 14 years History and HSIE Head Teacher

  • 20 years teaching Ancient History

  • 12 years HSC Ancient History marker

  • 3 years HSC AH Standards setting judge; head judge 2012

  • Technology and Quality Teaching consultant (Northern Sydney region)

  • Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator (Northern Sydney region)

  • School Planning and Performance Advisor (State Office – High Performance Unit)

  • Online Cities of Vesuvius subject at Sydney Uni with Kathryn Welch and Estelle Lazer

Work with Teacher Training Australia
I have been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. I am the Professional Learning Consultant - History as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. My current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI - student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History.
History buff and HSC marker

I have been able to feed my passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. I have also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC

 My philosophy
  • Every student can learn and every teacher can enhance their practice.
  • Higher order thinking and student learning conversations are the vital elements in learning and achievement
  • Professional learning must be underpinned by quality research and evidence
  • Responsibility for and ownership of continuous school improvement lies with whole school community
My interests
  • Travel

  • The Lifestyle channel

  • Crime fiction​ and science fiction movies

  • Landscaping and home renovation

  • Live music

  • Cooking

  • Cocktails

  • Family gatherings

  • Manly Sea Eagles

  • Running and healthy living