If you'd told me I'd be running a consultancy 10 years ago I'd have taken you to the nearest sanatorium!
This video will give you a brief snapshot on who I work with, my philosophy around what makes quality content, why I left the full time corporate world, what lights me up, and the things that drive me to keep doing what I do.
If the proof is in the pudding, where's the pudding then?
What else do I love?
Nobody works in 10 different countries unless they love travel. Exploring the world and learning about other people, customs and languages is at the heart of my journey. I've travelled through 35 countries thanks to the 14 overseas postings I've enjoyed over the last 20 years, and don't see that number staying the same for long ... All the images used on this site are from my travels, and I continue to live and work overseas, with a base in Ubud, Bali, and a base in Perth, Australia.
It's also the way I Give Back; read more about this, in the Grass roots projects section.
My love of languages led me to gain my first degree in languages, and since that I've picked up another few from living and working in countries where there was little English understood. Nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end!
Since my initial degree I’ve been lucky enough to work with nationals from over 60 different countries. I believe that having such broad exposure to inter-cultural communication has been the key to understanding my learners, and being able to create learning experiences that will work for a range of ages, cultures, and learners from various backgrounds.
It's also the way I Give Back; read more about this, in the Grass-roots projects section below.
Grass roots Projects
I love using my skills to make a difference to marginalised communities and people.
From recent case work defending a young Indigenous Australian youth whose English language skills put him at a significant disadvantage to teaching refugees and migrants from all over the world as part of the Adult Migrant English Program in Australia to advocating for teachers, trainers and lecturers in the worlds of ESL, EAL/D and TESOL, I’m always looking to contribute my skills in a practical way.
Every year I find a school that would otherwise not have access to the quality education and teacher training that we're blessed with in Australia and take some time out to give back some of the expertise that I've collected along my journey. Find out more about my Giving Back program.
Contributing to the education and small business communities.
I wouldn't be where I am in the world without a lot of help from people along the way. That's why I choose to stay connected to the small business and education communities by volunteering my time and services to those who need it.
For 2 years I volunteered as an Office Hours Mentor at Spacecubed, which is a co-working space in Perth, Western Australia. I was appointed as an Intensify Scholarship Mentor for two amazing young human beings Ryan Beckmand who is the brainchild behind Sciosity, a company specialising in education and training using Virtual Reality, and Zsuzsa Octaviano who is working with young women on meditation, mindfulness and feminine issues. Inspiring to be working with such dedicated young people!
I was also, for 2 years, the Vice President of the not for profit, volunteer run, state industry association that looks after ESL and TESOL teachers in Western Australia: WATESOL Inc., where we advocate for the rights of ESL and EAL/D teachers and students in Western Australia. I recently stepped down from the position of Vice President after taking the organisation through a complete digital overhaul including putting all their memberships, resources, events and communication methods online. I'm still in the General Committee and help out with the technical side of the organisation.
For the bits of paper; here's a brief snapshot...
Major Qualifications include:
- Master of Education with Distinction (TESOL), University of Wollongong
- Bachelor of Arts (Italian and Indonesian), University of Western Australia
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE, TAFESA
- Certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages),
- CELTA, Milner International College of English
There’s more where that came from if you’re interested in the full experience and qualifications history. LinkedIn has the full details.
Major Awards include:
- Professional Teaching Council of WA: Outstanding Service Award 2016
- EduPreneur of the Year Awards 2015: Vocational Education and Training Category
- Global Impact Awards 2015: Second Place Winner
- Curtin University: Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, 2009
- University of Western Australia: six month International Scholarship for study in Indonesia.
I look forward to working with you in the near future.
Founder and Director
SELECT Consultants Pty Ltd trading as Create Real Change
ABN: 46 161 932 305