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 coudn’t remember. Tests and exams were aweful.
I wanted to say to my teachers, “Please, don’t give me a book or worksheet or formula. I won’t remember! Help me discover. I can test different problems and learn what solutions work and don’t work. Then I’ll remember things… they will mean something!”. I’m still afraid to say it… ‘chalk to talk’ bored me and led me into anxiety.
I didn’t have words for it then, but I needed a creative, inquiry-based 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.
By the time I was inspired enough to write a book, and design and build a house and a company, I had no clue how to go about them, and was plagued with self-doubt.
So, I undertook an action-research Masters in Sustainability and Social Change, focusing my research on the nature of creativity. It changed my life! Graduating 2016, I created my unique house, the creative education pedagogy, and wrote 48,000 words in my book called “SHiNE: the nature creativity” that develops creativity as a subject to be taught in schools.
The School of Creative Eduation is kind of like the pinnacle of all this research.
I’m not the first founder to build a primary or secondary school based upon her own schooling experiences, and it’s not a qualifying reason to build a school, but it does offer a personal empathy and motivation to all the children who need a creative approach to their education.
I’m now a creatologist… researching and teaching creativity.
P.S. 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.
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