School was a real struggle. My teachers said I was rebellious, distracted, disorganised and unmotivated. ”She’s a bright student. If only she applied herself!” And, they were right.
I was one of those kids who needed her hands on things. Book to worksheet to memory didn’t work for me… I couldn’t remember. Tests and exams were awful.
I didn’t have words for it then, but I needed a creative approach. I wanted to question everything, to do projects, be self-directed and self-evaluating, collaborative and controversial. I yearned for time to retreat and reflect, and more than anything, to combine with others to do all sorts of interesting things in the real world. The academic process couldn’t offer me these things.
I was plagued with self-doubt by the time I was inspired to design my house and this company. I felt completely overwhelmed by the thoughts of them. And I had my third baby on the way. I didn’t want her to experience the stress my older two children experienced during secondary school. I didn’t want her to worry about her abilities. I wanted her to know that no matter what the world comes to, she’ll always have the skills, knowledge and practice to tackle any problem, large or small, global or local, head-on.
So, I undertook an action-research Masters in Sustainability and Social Change, focusing my research on the nature of creativity. Graduating 2016, I had created my unique house, this Creative Education pedagogy and wrote 48,000 words in my book called “SHiNE: the Nature of Creativity” that develops creativity as a theoretical subject.
The School of Creative Education is the outcome of this research.
I’m not the first founder to build a school based upon her own experiences and concerns for her child, and it’s not a qualifying reason as such to build a school. However, I can offer a personal empathy and motivation to all the children who need a creative approach to their education and to all parents who are concerned about their children’s futures.
I’m now a creatologist… researching and teaching creativity.
My qualifications include:
- Masters of Sustainability and Social Change (creativity), Oases Graduate School
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (curriculum development), Melbourne University
- Graduate Diploma of Integrative and Transformative Studies, Oases Graduate School
- Graduate Diploma of Education (special education), Deakin University
- Diploma of Professional Photography, International College of Professional Photography
- Diploma of Teaching (creative arts), Australian Catholic University
- Certificate IV Small Business Management, Mission Australia
My background includes fifteen years of specialist experiential education and educational consultancy, a photography business, co-creation of a new specialist school, and motherhood of two young adults and a preppie, my youngest child being my personal reason for building our creative school.