I grew up in country Victoria in beautiful South Gippsland. As the daughter of a primary teacher from an early age I was immersed in a world educators. Despite being adamant as a child I wouldn’t be a teacher, I started work as a secondary teacher in 1996 working in a range of short-term casual roles in government and independent schools prior to starting ongoing work. I had a wonderful year of teaching in a regional secondary school in Buckingham but predominately my teaching experience was in large a Catholic Boys school in Melbourne. I’m a trained Teacher-Librarian and held leadership roles in curriculum/subject areas before becoming a VET/VCAL/Pathways Coordinator. This work was a real passion around student engagement and helping all students find their path. Throughout my working life I have been an active union member and in 2010 I became an Organiser with the Independent Education Union. I currently represent members in a range of workplaces throughout non-government schools in both urban and regional settings. I am also the IEU Rep Training Coordinator so I get to train our Reps from across Victoria and Tasmania. I am a member of our Educational and Professional Issues Committees at state and federal level including stakeholder work with VCAA and ACARA/AITSL on behalf of members. I currently convene our Catholic Secondary Council which gives me oversight of the issues across the state. I am also currently an elected delegate to the Federal Council of the IEUA which again enables me to have insight into the issues impacting education and educators across the country.