“Growing up on Kangaroo Island, Mum home-schooled us from reception to year 3. We would work until lunchtime and then have the whole afternoon to just explore and be kids. We still had our social time and would be really involved with the netball and football club, so coming to school wasn’t a big shock or anything because we knew all the kids.
I am passionate about nature; kids learning through play and their environment, not just me teaching them but them exploring. There is so much to learn. It was such a big part of my childhood and it’s naturally how they learn and naturally how they gain skills.
I moved off island in year 12. I just wanted a different experience before I went to Uni. I did four years of Uni at Flinders to do my degree in Education and then after that I went to Clare and taught for a year. I thought it was important to get a different experience from a teaching perspective.
During my 3rd year of Uni, I went and taught in Nepal for six weeks. I was placed in prep, so two-year old’s all the way to year 9. They wanted to learn about our culture, also about sustainability and waste management because this was such a big issue for them. They wanted to start educating the kids and get the next generation to value this as important. It was a crazy experience, we actually got to live in a village and were placed with a family each. There were two student teachers in each home; there was a wooden box and you just laid your sleeping bag on top and that was your bed. We were immersed in their culture from cooking to wearing traditional dresses and attending cultural events. I took a lot from that; it was definitely a life changing experience.
Luke and I did long-distance for about five years. Moving back to KI, within the first year I won a permanent position so I think everything kind of happened in the right time for the right reason. There have been lots of challenges this year, personally, worldly and locally with everything going on, but I think Luke and I are just really excited to be parents. It has been a little bit of a light amongst all the chaos of 2020.”