I am an Apple Professional Learning Specialist and ICT Consultant, training teachers in how to effectively use and integrate iPads and technology in their teaching to innovate and engage students in their learning. I travel far and wide, specialising in regional and remote areas, and will travel anywhere by request.
I began my teaching career as an enthusiastic secondary music teacher who had a passion for teaching with ICT, specifically iPads, not just in music, but in many curriculum areas. Through experience teaching music, art and technology at Secondary and Primary levels, this interest and expertise has led me to present courses and provide in-school training and support to share my passion and enthusiasm for how iPads and technology can be used to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. As a teacher, I understand the issues in the classroom of management, workflow and what works well and what does not, and am always keeping up to date with new ideas and advances in technology.
Recent years have seen me doing a lot of work with Aboriginal Education in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, working with teachers and students in supporting and celebrating First Nations languages and culture with iPad. This has become a passion, and work I am very proud of.
Note: At this time, I am only working with schools by request, and not currently running external face-to-face courses and workshops. School support can be on site (where travel restrictions permit) or remote engagements.
Coding and Robotics in K-6 education is another passion of mine, and I am always experimenting with new resources and present many training courses to teachers on how to integrate Coding and Robotics into their teaching and curriculum. Teachers can be fearful of teaching Coding when they know little about it, and many teachers say my training courses demystify coding for them and they gained confidence to teach it in the classroom.
Living on Gumbaynggirr Land in regional NSW in Australia, I understand the challenges for teachers who are required to travel to metropolitan areas for Professional Development. So I come to schools to work on site with teachers, and also (pre-COVID) have offered courses in metropolitan and regional areas, which have included Ballina, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Broken Hill in NSW, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Cairns in QLD and Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy and Yulara in N.T. Below is a map with areas I have visited to deliver teacher training from 2017 to 2022, and the red dots indicate where teachers have come from to attend my training. I am willing to travel so teachers do not have to!
I am an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, Apple Teacher, Apple Teacher Swift Playgrounds, Book Creator Ambassador, Seesaw Ambassador, Certified Nearpod Educator, Sphero Hero, and Kahoot! Gold Certified Teacher.
I acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr people, the First Peoples of Coffs Harbour where I live and work. I respect and acknowledge their Elders, past, present and emerging. I respect and acknowledge the First Peoples of all the lands I am fortunate enough to visit and work in.