Author of various English texts, including the English Workbook series.
How long have you been in the education industry?
I have been a teacher for over 40 years.
How have you noticed your teaching style change over the years? Why do you think this is?
The way I relate to students and prepare my lessons has not changed much over the years but the advent of technology in the classroom has meant I have had to adjust my pedagogy.
What is the importance to you of good educational resources?
Good resources are extremely important; they add an extra dimension to teaching and learning. But what constitutes ‘good’ is an interesting question!
What has been your favourite part of writing an educational resource?
I have enjoyed reading various texts to find the best extracts to share with students; I like to think that my templates and tips have shown students how to succeed, and I hope that I have given teachers a resource that they can use effectively in their classrooms.
What is your favourite part of being a teacher?
I love learning and I hope that I impart that love to students!
What are three things people wouldn’t know about you?
I have nearly died three times! Once when I was 11 and extremely ill with peritonitis; once when I slipped off the path during a trek in the Himalayas and tumbled three metres down a cliff face; and the third time when I was attacked by two men, one of whom pulled a knife on me. Thankfully they ran away when I screamed! People may not know that over the years I have spent many hours bushwalking and camping. I love the great outdoors. Finally, people may not know that I have a small tattoo of the word ‘Peace’ tattooed on my wrist. It’s something I strongly believe in. The word ‘Imagine’ has great significance for me too – maybe I’ll get that tattooed on my left wrist!
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching (or writing?)
I like to go to the gym or for a walk. Sometimes ideas come to me and I can solve an issue to do with the teaching or writing that has been troubling me.
Who are three people, living or dead, you’d love to have dinner with?
Oh goodness – my heroes are Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Eddie Mabo. All men! Can’t have that! I’d like to add Malala Yousafzai.
What is your favourite book and why?
Oh, I love so many! Do I have to narrow it down? Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, a book I was introduced to by my inspirational Year 11 Literature teacher.
Do you follow a sports team?
Go the mighty Blues!