I have always had a passion for improving the learning and teaching of science. Many people have the belief that science is “hard” and “scary”. I believe that by opening the minds of all members of society we can show Australians that science is all around us, it is relevant and exciting, it is engaging and also that as an educator there are many experts who can be utilised in our planning.
When I came across a flyer to study a Doctor of Science Education at Curtin through SMEC it made perfect sense for me. I am very proud to have completed such a high quality degree that took me almost nine years of study. The flexibility to attend Perth in person as well as to study by distance from New South Wales, the Northern Territory and then from Queensland allowed me to have a great study and life balance. I had a lot of support from the staff at Curtin and I always felt that the work I was doing would help me achieve long term goals.
I have had so many opportunities to touch the lives of many pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, children and community members since becoming permanently employment as an Academic at CQUniversity, Gladstone Marina campus. I would not have had these opportunities without my Degree from Curtin University.
I love planning and conducting engaging science events and I have been awarded Student Voice Awards for my teaching, two consecutive CQUniversity Opal Awards for engaged learning and teaching, and I was a QLD State finalist for FameLab in 2014. I love my job and this year I won the 2016 Women in STEM Research Prize. I am very proud to be able to make a positive contribution to future generations thanks to Curtin University.