I am the proud mother of five children, three boys and two girls. I am from Canberra, ACT.
I attended my primary school and secondary years in Catholic Education. I completed my Tertiary education at the Australian Catholic University: Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and a Master of Religious Education.
I have been a representative of the Catholic School Parents Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn (CSPACG) since it was formally launched on the 21 February 2014.
Parental engagement is a partnership between families, the school, and its community. Parental engagement can be seen in many different capacities and has many benefits, including building the confidence of our children by positively supporting them in their learning.
My passion as a mother and educator is to bring out the best in every child.
I work with families and educators to create a relationship and environment where every child is valued and is provided with an opportunity to succeed. I am passionate about engaging families and the wider school community in all aspects of school life.
I joined the CSPACG as a passionate parent of early childhood, primary and secondary school aged children in Catholic Education. I bring my experience as a parent and knowledge around working within the realms of Early Childhood, Primary and Tertiary education. I work with the CSPACG to enhance parental engagement and to incorporate practical strategies to involve the community within an educational environment. I recognise that all families are unique and catering to the diverse needs of the families within our Archdiocese is crucial to the capacity on how to develop authentic engagement within our school communities.
In the future I would like to see an increase in parental engagement across our system, where every child continues to have access to a quality education, to be engaged in their learning and maintain adequate support to cater for the diversity and needs amongst our students. My hopes are to continue a journey of education that is Christ centred which nourishes and strengthens the individual child emotionally, spiritually, and developmentally - an education that equips each child with the necessary skills to successfully navigate through life.
I am a qualified Early Childhood Educator and am completing studies towards a Masters of Education (Research), where I am investigating the lived experience of parents/guardians/carers of gifted children. I am passionate about family engagement and making the system easier for families to navigate, and our school's family friendly environments that foster lifelong learning.
I work in the Australian Public Service supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their families. I bring to the CSPACG my experience as a Director of Early Childhood Services, and diverse roles in early and middle childhood services; consultant, Children’s Services Development Officer; Family Day Care Coordinator; and membership of accreditation committees for Children’s Services in Early Childhood, Family Day Care and Outside of School Hours Care settings. I co-developed a web-based early childhood expert programming and record keeping system. My previous work as a Children’s Services Advisor licensing early childhood services in the Southern Highlands, and establishing a Family Links Centre in the ACT under a Commonwealth Government initiative, have provide valuable insight into the family experience. I served on my children’s primary school council for 10 years in various roles including Chair, Kidsmatter Liaison, and Early Childhood expert. I served on the Board responsible for four Preschools in several roles including Deputy Chair, and on my children’s Preschool Committee as President, Vice President, committee member and community representative.
I attended the launch of the CSPACG in 2014. I became a CSPACG councillor in 2016 and the privilege of being a representative on the committee developing the Parent Charter.
In 2017, I represented the CSPACG at a Family Engagement Conference with national and international speakers. I assisted with the CSPACG’s first Family Engagement Conference in 2017 and the launch of the website in 2018. When my children moved to secondary school, I became the CSPACG’s ACT representative.
I love watching my children play soccer, enjoying time with good friends and family.