I am an archaeologist and educator with a keen interest in the teaching and learning of archaeology in Australia. I graduated with a BA (Hons I in Archaeology) from the University of Sydney in 1999, a Grad Dip Ed from Macquarie University in 2006 and a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education from UNSW in 2010. For the past three years I have also been a member of the Australian National Committee on Archaeology Teaching and Learning (ANCATL). As a participant in the core consultative group providing feedback on the Australian Curriculum, I was able to see early on the proposed changes to the teaching and learning of History in Australia. It was very exciting to see Australia's ancient past and the work of archaeologists in bringing this to life take centre stage in the new curriculum, and now the time has come to ensure that teachers and students are supported with the best quality resources and professional learning available. It's time to excite students with the heritage and history of our ancient peoples.
For the last fifteen years I have delivered my own archaeology education program (I Dig Archaeology!) in schools and taught History at secondary school level. Combining both my experience as an archaeologist and my experience and knowledge as a teacher, the I Dig Archaeology! program is an immersive simulated excavation which imparts to students all aspects of the archaeological process. In 2014 I was very privileged to be the Premier's HTA History Scholar, and this kickstarted my new education initiative called Archaeohub, which will provide high quality resources about Australian archaeology for teachers and students. I am actively involved in teacher professional learning through my role on the Board of Directors of the History Teachers' Association of New South Wales and the wide-ranging professional learning I present as an HTA representative, and an editorial role for the Teaching History journal; and as a representative of the University of Tasmania, supervising the teacher teams at the teacher professional learning weekend of archaeology at Willow Court (Tasmania) and Kerry Lodge (Tasmania). When I'm not presenting at conferences on a range of historical topics, I am convening them - a total of three in 2018: a Twitter conference in September on archaeology for teachers called #Archaeotweet2018, a kids conference on history (in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University, with students as the presenters), and chairing a session at the 2018 joint Australian Archaeological Association/New Zealand Archaeological Association conference on communicating Archaeology (with my presentation on teacher professional learning).
I have also made the decision to commence a doctorate at the University of Tasmania in discipline-specific literacy, eventually developing a suite of strategies to promote greater levels of literacy in History students.
When I'm not doing all of this, which is pretty rare, you will most likely find me approximately 30 metres underwater exploring a shipwreck, vicariously living my life as a maritime archaeologist. Maybe one day.