About me

It took me a long time to come around to the idea of becoming a teacher. It was something I had wanted to do since I was in Grade 6 as I thought my Primary School teacher was an absolute hero and I wanted to be just like her. However after finishing high school, I headed off to University full of excitement at the thought of becoming a journalist (a job choice I’d stumbled upon when a teacher said I wrote well). 4 years, an Arts degree and a journalism cadetship later, it didn’t seem like such a good idea. While travelling the world in search of what I really wanted to do with my life I tried all sorts of jobs – nanny, hotel manager, secretary, travel agent – but none of them seemed quite right. They were all fun (to varying degrees) but not quite right.

I returned to Australia and returned to University to study education……and knew I’d found what I really wanted to do.

I am currently a Learning Specialist in Geelong and have been lucky enough to experience lots of different roles – ICT teacher, classroom teacher from Prep to Year 6, Literacy/21st Century coach.  My passions are Technology and Literacy and I endeavour to connect students to the exciting possibilities that both can bring.  In 2009 I completed my Master of Education (Information Technologies) and am constantly looking for ways to develop my skills.

When I manage to turn away from digital devices and school work for long enough to allow me to actually have a personal life, I enjoy travelling, running, camping and doing crafty things.

Gillian Light

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi, I work in technology & education in Melbourne and just stumbled upon your blog. Wanted to say I like the thoughtful, concise and interesting posts. And it looks good too!

  2. Hi Gillian,

    Just wanted to say that I stumbled upon your blog through the #phdchat Twitter feed. I’m also a PhD student in Melbourne but doing mine in Music Education. I’m really impressed with the content and discussion in you blogging – I should probably see to mine (once I finish this methodology writing that I’m currently working on.).

    Good luck with everything. The PhD is a tough road to follow but I believe the results will be worth it.

    • Thanks for the comment Jeremy. Great to see that there are others out there in the vicinity slogging through this journey as well – you’re right about it being a tough road. Some days are definitely tougher than others!

  3. Hi Gillian, great to meet you today at the conference. I enjoyed reading your blog re Brett’s presentation yesterday. Pity i missed it. Checked out Piclits too. My kids feel inspired now to pick up the camera again…more visual literacy than poetry in this house I think. Will check out Intel’s Museum of me to show my 16 yr old. Surprise, surprise a Gen Y who’s quite limited re technology. The culture session I held was well received. enjoy rest of conference and PhD, cheers, Fiona

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