I live Geelong, along with my husband, son and a dog called Samson and quails. My yard is filled with edible plants which I extensively work at to provide fresh food for our family and friends.
It all started when I participated in Agriculture-Horticulture classes back when I was at high school. My passion for the industry, particularly with working on farms, was ignited during a school camp to Dookie, an Agriculture College which is campus of the University of Melbourne. Once I graduated from high school I enrolled to complete a Bachelor of Agriculture Science, which included a one year’s research study on the role of using a cow’s immune system in the prevention of mastitis. Following this I completed a Graduate of Diploma of Education (Secondary) which lead to me teaching Agriculture-Horticulture at Chairo Christian School, followed by me developing an environmental teaching program at Ballarat Christian College before becoming a Trainer/Assessor at Covenant College.
My passion for growing edibles from home slowly developed through a shared love of food between my husband and I, which led to us slowly turning our urban garden into a productive urban farm. We love having newcomers to our home, to show them the variety of food we grow, and especially the more unusual varieties of fruit/vegetables from our school yard.
I love the realness of my students. They are prepared to give everything their best efforts, particular with the physical aspects of the subject. I especially love to see my students come across a challenge, such as driving a tractor for the first time, and the smiles and joy I see on their faces when they succeed.
Having the ability to use tools, equipment and machines that form practical components of the course. I love being able to say to others who ask what my day was like and simply say ‘I trained a student how to drive the tractor today’.
In addition I also teach Years 5-10 Agriculture-Horticulture at Covenant College.
I live in Geelong on a small hobby farm, I have a passion for animals and have kept many over the years – they keep my kids and I very busy!
I inherited my love of animals from my time on a farm when I was young. My interest in animals continued into a farm apprenticeship and also into volunteering roles in the Barwon Valley Pony Club and Geelong Show Jumping club and ‘off the track’ racing community.
I love sharing my passion for animals with students. I also love seeing students learn to work together and become excited about their learning journey at the TSC. It is exciting to see students learn and grow in a broad range of required skills and knowledge but also in their confidence in handling animals.
I think students are cared for well and the TSC and trainers value the students with their many gifts and talents. There are also plenty of opportunity to see many parts of the Animal Care industry through work placements and excursions and in hearing industry speakers.
I studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University and have worked as a Veterinarian before moving into educational roles in Learning Support and now VET Training!
I currently live, with my husband, in Inverleigh on a 32 acre farm. We have a variety of animals: sheep, cows, an alpaca, chickens, two ponies, two dogs and a cat. I spent my early teenage years living on my fathers’ farm where I had the responsibility of making sure the animals were healthy, fed and clean. I have always loved the country and really enjoy working on our farm. I have taught at Covenant College for many years across many and varied subjects and have really enjoyed the challenge of using my Diploma in Ag., to work with the Agriculture students.
While I was at school my dream was to become a Vet – so the joy of working with animals has been there from an early age. We have always had pets and now have a farm, which has always been a dream.
I enjoy working with the Agriculture students as we learn together – students sharing their knowledge, experience and their passion for all things Agriculture with other students and their teacher.
The ability to learn in different classrooms – a classroom that can be a huge farm or out in our paddock caring for the resident sheep and alpaca or visiting a local producer who has a sustainable approach to agriculture or listening to a retired farmer share his passion for the land or learning to drive the TSC’s tractor and ride-on-mower. Another highlight is learning through work experience, the students have worked in different environments such as a horse riding centre, a free range chicken farm, a berry, meat and vegetable producer who runs a café, working with stock agents and many more.
Hands on and practical learning is often the best way to learn, you don’t forget the experience, the activity and the purpose of what you are doing. It makes learning real.