What do you do in your role? I work with the IT team to support students, teachers and the administration staff in the day to day operations of the ICT systems in the College. I often get to work in classrooms with teachers and students to look at ways we can use technology to learn in different ways.
What was your first teaching job? North Tom Price School in Western Australia, I was the Year 7 teacher.
How long have you worked in Education? I have worked in the education field for the past 15 years and have been fortunate to be able to follow my passion and work with educational technologies for the past 10 years.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing students engaged and enjoying learning.
What are some of your notable previous employers and roles? I have many fond memories over the past few years. I have enjoyed working as a consultant with many schools across Australia in the development of 1:1 programs and building ICT teams around service delivery and developing strategies in technology adoption. Having supported many schools during this time, I was fortunate to work with Wesley College in Western Australia in both a consulting role and an internal role for the college over a 5 year period supporting their Middle School Mobile Learning Program and 1:1 Laptop Programs. Canterbury College was the first school I have worked with in QLD and I enjoyed transitioning the college from traditional learning in ICT to a well-functioning BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) environment.
What is your educational background? I have a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and a Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. I am a qualified Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).
What are your most notable work-related achievements and/or awards received? Having worked with many Independent, Catholic and State Schools as well as Education Departments across Australia, my most notable achievements were assisting these schools with the change management process for successful adoption of technology programs.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two children. We enjoy fishing, surfing, fourwheel driving and camping.
Where were your born and where did you grow up? I was born in Albany, Western Australia. When I was growing up, my family had farms in Albany and Moora, rural Western Australia.
What is your favourite song? Give me the Night, George Benson. Seeing him in concert many years ago with Amy was a highlight for us.
What is your favourite cuisine? Italian - growing up with a Maltese influence, all Mediterranean foods are a favourite.
If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you in this role, what would you say we achieved at Trinity? We would have brought stability to the technology systems we are currently using at Trinity and we will have provided a smooth transition into the new learning management system.
When have you been most satisfied in your life? After the birth of my two children, it has been an amazing journey that I have been honoured to share with Amy, I have loved every minute.
How did you meet your wife, the love of your life? Amy and I met in Perth, Western Australia through mutual friends some 14 years ago.
What does Amy do to keep busy? Amy works with the Federal Government and looks after our two children, two dogs and of course, me.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your life? We have renovated two houses and are currently in the final process of renovating our third. I would say whilst having children during this renovation, it has been a significant achievement.
Tell us about a time when things didn’t go to plan. Every day, when working with technology I cannot think of a day where everything just worked. The problem solving aspect of working with technology makes my job interesting and ensures that I am able to adapt to whatever learning environment I am in.
What do you think is the next big thing in ICT? I think we are in a period of refinement in ICT and ICT systems, big data analytics will become more important and readily available for the end user. We are on the cusp of seeing some unique interactive panels and other personalised systems that meet our end user requirements. In personal computing terms I think we will see smaller more powerful devices that will be more versatile and enable us to reduce the number of devices needed.
Tell us about your most memorable moment at Trinity so far? Seeing the students, staff and parents at the Junior School’s Friday Chapel singing, dancing and being a part of the fun environment led by Pastor Michael.
What are your areas of specialisation? ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Integration and Teacher Pedagogy.