Favourite food: Dumplings – chicken and prawn
Footy team: Sydney Swans
Favourite band/singer: How can you ask me to pick just one!? Spice Girls, Back Street boys, Jamie Cullum, Freddie Mercury…. just to name a few.
Favourite TV show: Miranda (Such Fun!)
Favourite Movie: Mary Poppins (the original) and The Greatest Showman
Ideal Holiday: Anywhere with adventure, lots of local markets, hustle and bustle and history.
Siblings: Little brother Al (although he’s taller than me now!) and little sister Tilly
Pets: no pets just lots of succulents
Hobbies: singing around the house, travelling, gardening, going to markets
Go to Karaoke song: Brave by Sara Bareilles or Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
You’ve just returned to Melbourne after a year teaching in Sydney. Did you come back because it turns out Melbourne really is better than Sydney? !
Haha! It’s so hard to compare these two incredible places on earth. Sydney for me has the huge draw card of being home to my family and very close friends. If I could pick them up and bring them here I would, or if I could pick up Carnegie Primary and take it there I would! They’re both great!
How do primary schools compare between the two cities?
The dense areas I was working at meant that schools had very little space so the majority of schools were in 2 or 3 story buildings with lots of stairs. Some schools had to walk a block a way to have their recess at a local reserve or carpark because there was not enough play space. All schools learn the same content but have different names for subjects and grade levels. For example, our prep is called kindy up there but it means the same thing – the first year of primary school. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful school here in Melbourne.
You have an amazing singing voice. Did you participate in school productions in High School? And if so, what was your favourite?
Thank you😊 I didn’t participate in school productions but I did do lots of productions outside of school. I sang compilations of Wizard of Oz, Boy from Oz, Mary Poppins, Australiana songs, Fiddler on the Roof, Lion King, Bert Bacharach and many many more. My biggest performing thrills came from singing on the Sydney Opera House main stage and touring Australia performing for many international celebrities with the QANTAS choir.
Who was your biggest influence when you were at school?
I loved school growing up. Mrs Randall my grade 1 teacher reminded me of Miss Honey from Roald Dahl’s Matilda. My year 4 teacher Mr Irwin, made learning so much fun, we would laugh until we cried. But I guess my greatest influence when I was at school were my Mum and my Dad who weren’t afraid to take their 3 little kids all over the world on adventures we would never forget! We went to primary schools in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Sydney!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I don’t think there was one particular thing that made me become a teacher. I just always loved guiding a group to achieve their potential – bit cheesy. I was house sport captain in primary and high school so lead lots of cheer groups and hustled participants into events and then tutored and conducted young singers while I was going through uni. I guess it was always meant to be?
What do you enjoy doing on your weekends and school holidays?
You probably find me in the garden. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing a garden bloom. If I’m not there, I’m off trying to find a new farmers market, or place to explore or of course… jetting off to Sydney to see my family and friends.
Where is one place in the world you would love to visit?
You’re seriously asking me to choose one!? My list gets bigger the more I travel! But if I had to choose one, I would really like to go to New York. I hear pretty special things!
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
Ed- Congratulations! Anyone we know? 😉
If you were left to live on a desert island-what 3 things would you choose to take with you?
My sunnies, my fiancée, a guitar (I’d finally have time to teach myself to play!)
If there was one thing you could make sure your students learnt from you, what would it be?
Many of my students have heard me chant this in the morning - We only get one shot at today, even if time travel was invented, we would never get this moment back - let’s make today great! But I also want everyone to remember that in the words of Ella Fitzgerald – The only thing better than singing, is more singing! Haha!