Find Your Representative

Your Representative:

Home > Authors > Danielle O'Leary

Danielle O'Leary

Co-author of the Good Humanities series

How long have you been in the education industry?
I have been a high school teacher since 2016, but prior to that worked as an educator in different settings such as swim teaching, tutoring and university mentoring. 

How have you noticed your teaching style change over the years? Why do you think this is?
As a beginning teacher, much of your focus is about what happens in the classroom and how will you get through an hour or two with a group of students while keeping them engaged. Over the years, I have noticed my focus shift from what is being taught to how it is being taught and assessed. I began to question whether my teaching provided students with the best opportunities to succeed outside of school as well as in their VCE exams. As a result, my pedagogy became very much skill based, aiming to use content as context for teaching students foundational Geography and History skills to help them apply and understand knowledge on a whole new level!  

What is the importance to you of good educational resources?
 There are so many layers to a good teacher. You need to be a leader, mentor, counsellor, educator, administrator, colleague and so much more! A good educational resource is vital as it is something that you can pick up, use easily and that enhances teaching and learning. These are not easy to find and so I am all about sharing good practice and ideas with other educators!

What has been your favourite part of writing an education resource?
Writing this series has sparked a passion in me for education on a whole new level. Working with highly knowledgeable and experienced teachers and writers has taught me so much and I have loved the opportunity to share my approach with others in the Humanities field. 

What is your favourite part of being a teacher?
My favourite part of being a teacher is seeing the moment of pride on a student’s face when they achieve their personal best or present work to you that they are proud of. I love forming a sense of community in my classroom and showing off my students and their individual successes whether it be academic or otherwise.  

What are three things people wouldn’t know about you?
I completed my Biological Honours year at Phillip Island studying Little Penguins and their autumn breeding patterns, I grew up on a 20-acre horse property, and I was a competitive state level swimmer. 
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching (or writing)?

I love spending time with my husband and one-year old son outside, exploring local reserves and walking our dog John. I also love creating things whether it is sewing, craft, cake decorating or sign writing!  

Do you follow a sports team?
I barrack for St Kilda Football Club and have attended nearly every home game for the past 10 years.