I have been a teacher since the late 1980s. I have worked in both primary and secondary mainstream schools as well as other Education Support Centres and Schools. It was always my intention to be an education support teacher. Back when I first graduated from Teacher’s College you had to work a year in mainstream before you could enrol in a second teaching degree and specialise in education support. I enrolled on the day that I had completed my first 12 months of teaching. We were living in Narrogin at the time and the study helped pass time during the cold winter.
My first Acting Principal position was at Kenwick School. I really enjoyed the challenge and decided to apply for a job in Northam as the Principal of Avonvale ESC. Whilst at Avonvale I was responsible for establishing the K-12 ESC there. Prior to that it was only a primary ESC. I was there for three years before the job at Geographe ESC was advertised. We had spent time in Busselton the summer before and my husband kept saying if a job comes up down here you should apply – so I did. The end result was a promotion and a very quick pack up and move to Busselton.
I am married and have four adult kids. Living in a household with three family members who all have a disability means that I live and breathe disability every moment of the day. It is remarkable that the industry that I was so passionate about joining when I first graduated is now such an all-encompassing part of my life. I truly believe that we need to do everything possible to ensure that people with disabilities have a happy and fulfilling life and that is what drives me every day.
I have been fortunate enough to spend the greater part of my adult life living all over the world, returning to my home state of WA five years ago. I am happily married and am a very proud Mum to four amazing children. I love living in Busselton and feel very lucky that I now get to call this place my home.
I joined Geographe Education Support Centre in 2021 from Busselton Senior High School, so my knowledge of this amazing school was not unknown. I have a business, marketing and public relations background and am currently studying my masters in business leadership. It is my privilege to work at this school and look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team, connecting with our community and drawing on the knowledge of those around us to drive positive change in an ever changing educational setting.
I have lived in Busselton for 20 years. I moved from Kalgoorlie and began working at Dunsborough Primary School before Geographe Education Support Centre was built. I started as a foundation staff member and have taught across both our Primary and Secondary Campus’. I am the proud mum of two daughters who are both striving to be the best they can be in their chosen occupations and am blessed with a supportive and caring husband.
I have been privileged to be part of the growth of Geographe Education Support Centre extending the opportunities for our students into our local community. Working in an Education Support Centre has always been like coming home for me – it is the place where I feel most connected with my community and the people around me, the place where I am constantly reminded of the joys of life, the resiliency of people and how lucky I am to work in a school dedicated to positive change.
I’m a graduate teacher who has a passion in education support, graduating with a specialisation in special needs education and completing three Auslan sign language courses. After graduating from my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at ECU in February 2020, I decided to move up to Bunbury, from Augusta, to pursue my teaching career. Due to Covid restrictions and the little number of schools in the Augusta-Margaret River shire, I decided that moving to Bunbury would provide me with the opportunity to teach and experience a variety of different schools, students, and teaching situations that would enhance the quality of my teaching. While living in Bunbury, I did a lot of relief teaching at Kingston Primary School in Australind, before getting offered a job at Geographe Education Support Centre. I’ve been teaching at Geographe Education Support Centre since the beginning of Term 2 and I look forward to seeing where this opportunity/journey goes.
I have been a part of the Geographe Education Support School Community since 2016. Teaching at GESC has provided me many rewarding experiences and I have learned many valuable life lessons from such experiences. I feel privileged to work with our students, I love the variety the job brings, being able to work with students in both primary and high school settings continually challenges me to be dynamic and adapt which keeps things exciting! I love the outdoors and am grateful to be able to access the wide variety of activities we have at our doorstep.
I have lived in Busselton now for 2 years, after moving from Bunbury in 2019. I have worked in the education sector in an education support setting for nine years. Firstly, for six years as an education assistant before returning to university to complete a teaching degree. During this time, I have been fortunate to work with a vast array of students with different needs and unique abilities. I am committed to fostering a positive learning atmosphere and I love to see the young people in my classroom achieve their goals.
I love the Busselton lifestyle and enjoying all our community has to offer, especially the beach and our amazing natural environment. My weekends are often spent hiking or mountain biking with my husband and three children or at the beach with our dog, Gus.
Originally a primary school teacher, I completed my degree in Special Education on moving to WA. I then moved into the high school setting teaching all year levels. In 2010 we decided on a sea change to the Southwest and I became a member of the Geographe Education Support Centre staff, teaching at the high school site.
I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world and enjoy sharing it with our many visitors.
I immigrated from Canada to Australia with my parents in 1995 and I have lived in WA ever since. My background in teaching began in The Health and Physical Education field where I was a swimming teacher and instructor through the Royal Lifesaving Society. In 2002 I took the opportunity to work with children with special needs at Castlereagh Education Support School in Willetton. I taught swimming lessons and worked with physiotherapists, speech and occupational therapists to provide enriching programs for my students. When I started my family, I decided to study for my bachelor in education – special needs at Murdoch University. I continued working at Castelreagh School as I completed my degree part time. I then worked at Warnbro Education Support Centre, followed by Peel Language Development School in Rockingham. Then I was awarded a position at Geographe Education Support Centre in Busselton in 2016. In my role at Geographe Education Support Centre I provide a student centered approach to learning. Each student accesses the curriculum differently and has complex communication needs. I enjoy engaging with the community to enable our students to access facilities, activities and opportunities. I appreciate ensuring that students and staff are ready to learn and have access to all they need to be well adjusted for learning and teaching. I enjoy working with families and creating connected communities in my personal and professional life. I know that Geographe Education Support Centre provides those opportunities and I am pleased to be working with such a great team.
I have lived in Busselton with my family for 20 years. Most of the years living on our farm. My children have grown up and have now moved on so recently we moved into Busselton.
Living in this part of the world is very special to me. I enjoy our beautiful beaches and the chance to spend time on the water while boating.
I have worked on a part time basis at GESC since the centre opened. For the majority of this time I have worked at the Primary campus. I enjoy being part of a team working to provide programs that allow our students to learn and achieve to their true potential.
Term 2 2021, I moved to the high school campus to work with the Year 11 and 12 students. I look forward to the challenges this position brings and the chance to reconnect with students I taught several years ago.
As a thoughtful and caring Senior Teacher, it has been my privilege to undertake contract and relief positions in the Southwest since arriving here in 2010. A driving ambition and keen interest for a more expansive tool kit led to additional studies in Special Needs and Behavioural Management. The position at Geographe Education Support Centre has given me the opportunity to create supportive and inclusive classroom activities and assessments to achieve positive outcomes for students with varied learning abilities.
Previous experience at Riverside Education Support Centre and North Mandurah Education Support Centre offered a grounding in managing behaviour positively, while developing my skills in improving student learning, reflective teaching practices and positive behaviour modelling.
I can bring to this position over sixteen years’ teaching and supervising experience incorporated with additional studies of a Master of Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Management, a special needs minor and developmental psychology minor; I am dedicated to improving student learning and offering students a supportive and caring environment to create academic achievements. My strongest attributes are being highly organised and motivated.
An expert in Behavioural Management and Special Needs I have the ability to reinforce positive behaviours within the classroom. I can share my knowledge and offer assistance by working in collaboration with colleagues to develop Individual Education and Behavioural Management Programs. I am also a NDIS Specialist Positive Behaviour Support and Early Intervention Support for Early Childhood Practitioner.