About me

I started on this journey from a long way back. At school I was disengaged, disinterested and distracted. There was never any doubt that I had talent, every report card I ever had said I could do anything if I just pulled up my socks and knuckled down a little. As such, when I said I wanted to be a teacher my year coordinator told me it would never happen because (up to that point) the only reason my name was known at school was because I was trouble. It took me a long time to break the bad habits I developed as a student and I still have to work on a few things.

This rocky beginning has informed the way I teach. I now actively seek interesting and engaging methods of content delivery and assessment to ensure that the students I work with don't fall into the same traps I did. Beyond that, I'm encouraging other staff to move their classrooms into the 21st Century so they can better accommodate the modern learner.

Outside of school I'm a father first and foremost. I spent three years volunteering as an assistant coach with Peel Thunder's development squads and I write (a lot). I have been published by Tincture Journal, the English Teachers' Association of WA and have released a book of poetry titled If God is a Poet (available through http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/poetry.html) and a collection of short stories called Paved With Words.

My YouTube channel, Teacher2Poet, can be viewed here - http://www.youtube.com/user/Teacher2Poet

If you're interested in what I've done with TEDxYouth@CBC, you can view my TED profile here - http://www.ted.com/profiles/1544579 - and our event Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/TEDxYouthCBC?fref=ts

Additionally, I have been incredibly busy in the last few years building up the profile of the Arts in the Rockingham region. The writers festival I have been developing can be accessed through this link - https://sites.google.com/a/cometbay.wa.edu.au/young-writers/