I get it, before you commit to working with me, you want to know more about who I am and how I work. That makes sense.
The hard part for me is knowing what part of ‘me’ interests you most. Some of you care that I have the ‘right’ pieces of paper on the wall (I do), while others care that I have first-hand experience teaching online (I’ve got that too), while yet others simply want to know that I’m easy to work with and can develop personalised online teaching strategies that really will work for you (my clients tell me that’s true too).
So here goes, all about me...
From industry, to educator and researcher, to coach
Like many, I became an educator because people wanted me to teach what I knew.
My first career had been in Oil & Gas leadership roles and meant being sent around Australia and Asia as an executive manager of corporate service teams. In 2011 a call came from a fast-growing company in China who I’d worked with previously, asking me to setup and run a large future leaders program. I leapt at the chance to approach their challenges from an education perspective, and found myself thriving as an educator. I absolutely loved it. And when I love something I have to know more about it!
So, while continuing with corporate teaching roles that were gradually shifting more and more to online, I completed a Master of Learning & Development. That degree was completed wholly online. This meant I was concurrently an online student who was actively studying subjects about online education, while also teaching management courses online to up and coming team members spread throughout Asia. Those vastly different first-hand experiences were absolutely invaluable to shaping my own teaching practice.
Remaining hooked on the affordances and challenges of online education, I couldn't resist investigating the beliefs and practices of online educators for my doctoral studies. And yes, I am 'that' person who loved every moment of my 3-year PhD journey. Happily I still teach best practice online education at the university where I completed my thesis.
All this means that today you can benefit from all the lessons I've learned in previous corporate consulting gigs, as well as my years experiencing and researching online education. This means a research- and experience-driven approach to understanding and addressing your online education needs.