I am retired after working as a mathematics/computer teacher for 35 years. I qualified from QIT (now QUT) in Brisbane with a maths degree and University of Queensland with a graduate diploma in education. Later I studied at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and received a masters degree in education.
I began teaching maths and economics at Dalby in 1976 followed by time in Bamaga and Charters Towers. That was all high school levels from grade 8 to grade 12. I then left Australia to work in Nigeria for 2 years at a teacher training college. A short stint back in Charters Towers was followed by 6 years in Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby and Bougainville). In Bougainville I was principal of a correspondence school catering to students from grade 7 to 12 following NSW correspondence school materials. Just before the war began in Bougainville I returned to Australia (Darwin) and taught in high schools grades 8 to 12 and for one year was head of mathematics at Darwin High.
In 1991 I again left Australia to work in a private school in Al Ain a desert town in United Arab Emirates about 1 hours drive from Dubai. After 3 years at that school and the addition of a masters degree to my qualifications I gained a job at the UAE University in a programme to improve local students english and math skills in preparation for entry into degree courses.
I retired in 2009 and since then have done two work placements. 6 weeks with VISE on a property at Augathela and 6 months at a school in Fiji.