I am a secondary school teacher at a low SES school in Queensland. Before entering the Public School System I worked in a number of private secondary schools. Working in a low SES community has a number of distinctive highlights when compared with more affluent communities. Observing and assisting students make positive connections with community businesses in order to bring an authentic, meaningful experience to their education provides reassurance to both students and teachers, gaps in socio-economic status can be improved as well as academic achievement. Many of the students I work with prefer to be outside classroom walls however these students share common online interests with many other youth their age; they participate in online communities, share common interests in movies, games and text choices.
I am currently completing a Masters in Education (Diversity) at Queensland University of Technology. In August 2012, I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. My prior educational achievements include an Associate Degree in Law, Bachelor of Education and an Associate in Music Australia.
My areas of expertise within the teaching field includes: Legal Studies, Accounting, Business Studies and Maths. Personally, I am passionate about instrumental music. I appreciate both performing and listening to a wide variety of classical music from the Baroque period through to the Contemporary period as well as Popular music.
Selecting Youth, Popular Culture and Texts was a choice made to enhance my education experience and as a result also provide a more enriching, animating experience to my students. What the unit offered was something different from the core studies within the Masters of Education, Diversity major. Resulting from a number of circumstances my own childhood was devoid of Popular Culture. My childhood was steeped in isolation in a rural location and poverty. The family home possessed a radio but no other form of media until a television was introduced when I was fifteen. My first school experience with peers my own age began when I was twelve.
In the future I would like to continue to work with marginalised groups as part of my work responsibilities as well as in a volunteer capacity both locally and eventually abroad.