I am retired after working as a primary school teacher and teacher trainer for 35 years. I qualified from Mt Gravatt Teachers College (now Griffith University) in Brisbane with a diploma in teaching in 1975. Later I studied by distance from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and received a bachelors degree then a masters degree in education.
I began teaching grade 5 in Cairns in 1976 followed by a year in Bamaga teaching grade 1 and Charters Towers with grade 5. I then left Australia to work in Nigeria for 2 years at a teacher training college. A short non working (child raising) stint back in Charters Towers was followed by 6 years in Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby and Bougainville). In both Port Moresby and Bougainville I taught upper primary and specialized in composite classes. Just before the war began in Bougainville I returned to Australia (Darwin) and taught grade 4.
In 1991 I again left Australia to work in a private school in Al Ain, a desert town in United Arab Emirates about 1 hour’s drive from Dubai. After 8 years teaching lower primary at that school and with the addition of a bachelors and masters degree to my qualifications, I moved to the Al Ain Women’s College. There I worked with Emirati students who were completing a 4 year Melbourne University B.Ed degree in Teaching English to Young Learners. I taught in the first year of the degree course and managed the teaching placements for all year levels of the programme.
I retired in 2009 and since then have done two work placements. Six weeks with VISE on a property at Augathela and 6 months at a school in Fiji.