Born in Western Australia and moved to Trangie to a farm when I was 8. I grew up on the farm and was convinced that all I wanted to do was to be a farmer. I did that after school for a few years until we the farm was sold and I obtained an apprenticeship in Horticulture for Dubbo City Council. I worked for Dubbo City Council until the end of 2008 finishing as the Manager of Parks and Landcare Operations.

I came to my career in education after this, studying via distance education through Charles Sturt University. I graduated at the end of 2008 and became a secondary agriculture teacher. I taught at Dubbo College South Campus for eight years and after completing a Masters in Educational Leadership headed to the Northern Territory for two years teaching remote Primary and Secondary students. 18 months of my time in the Territory was in the role of Principal. We learnt our a, b, c’s and hunted for goanna and honey ants. It truly was an amazing time and I encourage anyone who is interested to take up a similar opportunity given the chance. This was an extremely rewarding time for me and I learnt as much from my students and the community as they did from me.

I have been working at Western College Alesco Learning Centre as Principal since January 2017. During this time I have worked with a lot of my ex-students from South Campus and have met a vast array of other students from all parts of the Dubbo Community and beyond. Work here is never dull and sometimes it seems the paperwork doesn’t stop but I really enjoy the opportunity to interact with the students every day. I have an amazing staff that works tirelessly and are absolutely committed to the kids which makes it all worthwhile.

‘Work here is never dull and sometimes it seems the paperwork doesn’t stop but I really enjoy the opportunity to interact with the students every day. I have an amazing staff that works tirelessly and are absolutely committed to the kids which makes it all worthwhile.’