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 an editorial role for the HTA NSW Teaching History journal, supervising the 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 the wealth of rich archaeological material in our very own backyards, I am convening them: a total of three slated for 2018 including a biennial conference on Australian archaeology for educators called #Archaeomeet2018, a Twitter conference on archaeology for teachers called #ArchaeoEd2018 and a kids conference on history and archaeology (with students as the presenters) called #Archaeokids conference.
I have also made the (questionable) decision to commence a doctorate at the University of Tasmania in 2018, through which I will be researching the place of archaeology in the new National Curriculum in Australia, the effects (if any) that archaeological pedagogies and archaeological thinking have on teaching in the History classroom and the influence that different forms of teacher professional learning in archaeology can have in shaping pedagogies of history and historical thinking.
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.