I have worked in the area of education for over 30 years. During that time I have been involved in working in a number of independent schools in Melbourne teaching Junior Science, Senior Chemistry and helping write a Year 11 Chemistry textbook. For the last 6 years, since ordination into the Anglican church, I have been working as both Chaplain and teacher at Mentone Girls’ Grammar school. My teaching commitments have included RAVE or Religion and Values classes to students from 3 to 18 years old. My passion for teaching, doing this well and helping young minds engage fully with this world has not waned over the many years spent in schools. In my spare time—yes there is always spare time—I enjoy orienteering and I managed the Victorian Schools Orienteering Team with my husband for two years.
Description: Students as young as 8 and 9 year olds, and often younger, begin to contemplate serious questions of how this world was created, whether a God was involved and, if so, how old is this God. My concern, as a teacher and chaplain, was how to address what I perceived as confused thinking between the nature of a science question and a faith question. A unit was developed to help students understand the different types of question which science addresses and the types of questions which are associated with meaning and hence, our worldview. As a result of teaching this unit, I found that students learnt the skills to ask different questions and distinguish between questions which require an opinion and those which involve facts. This unit did not necessarily result in these young people being advocates for a faith but it did give them the literary skills to ask further questions and recognise different purposes of an event. This is what education is about—empowering young minds to engage with the world in an intelligent and instructive way. This is how I have seen my God, as revealed in Jesus, work in this world. Giving me the freedom to ask questions, investigate honestly, observe and listen.