About Me

I never intended to be a teacher. Not in a million years, I’d say. The last thing I’ll do. I railed and raged against being a teacher.

Now I’m a teacher.

I tried my hand at bureaucracy, but found it too stifling an environment for a radical-minded graduate – even in a role focused on social justice. I dived off the rails and traveled for a number of years and it was here I found teaching. To make ends meet, I taught English. To engineers. To kids. To journalists. To teenagers. To importers. To exporters. To architects and planners. To IT professionals.

And then I stopped traveling, came home (of sorts) and said ‘well, what can I do now?’  I analysed my ambitions; I probed my passions; I delved into dreams. And I came to a list of four things that I wanted from work:

  1. I wanted to experience different cultures.
  2. I wanted to work where I could make a difference.
  3. I wanted to engage with learning my whole life
  4. I never, ever wanted to work in an open-plan office. Again.

This didn’t immediately say to me ‘teacher’. It said community development. It said journalism. It even said – dare I admit it – bureaucrat. But it was to teacher that I kept returning.

And in fitting with the four wants listed above, I took my first teaching job in a remote Aboriginal school in Central Australia. A year later, I am still there and planning to stay. It’s not an easy job, by any means. And from what I hear, it’s not typical. But I love it.

This blog aims to document and reflect upon my growth as teacher, ideas related to the contexts of my teaching, and my own interests and passions in the field of education. Any opinions expressed here are personal and not to be regarded as those of my employer. All comments may be subject to moderation.

Thanks for reading.



15 responses to “About Me

  1. You’ve picked a rough (as in remote from comforts) life there in the middle of Oz. Good luck to you, it seems like you’re enjoying it.

    I put a brief post on my blog the other day on Education, which may (or may not) interest you.




  2. Hi Luke, I’m a student teacher at the moment – I’m going to share your blog with some of the others on my course so we can read about your experiences (which some of us might soon experience also).

  3. Teaching English in Australia? Do you have a teaching degree? I too never planned to be a teacher, but when my English degree wasn’t getting me anywhere, I took teaching jobs in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Now I’m back home, but teaching abroad again is definitely calling my name… Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • L

      I didn’t when I taught in London and Spain. Just a TESOL. But to teach in schools in Australia, you need a teaching degree so I went back to university for a year in 2011.

  4. I saw this and thought, if you don’t already know about it, you might find it useful: http://www.tomorrowgirl.com.au/

  5. Susan

    Hi Luke, So glad to see your site. I am a preservice teacher in Oz (with 10 years EFL experience) and really looking FORWARD to teaching remote. You have plenty of positive things to say…! Yay!


  6. Susan

    Yes! I’ve signed up to be a mentor for a Year 12 student in 2013 – can’t wait to get started..
    Must say: I am so impressed what/how/why you’re doing, and your great attitude – thank you!

  7. Hi Luke.

    At the beginning of this year I wrote a short post ” PLEASE, NO RELATIVE SECRETS ! ” which was about adopted people not being told of their background.

    I feel quite passionate about this, and have received many positive responses.

    So, as a follow-up, I’m emailing all my blog followers to ask if you would be so kind as to pass this link (below) on to as many contacts you have by whatever means you have (facebook, twitter, email etc).

    If this saves just one person from being deprived of knowledge of their “natural” family members, then we have had success.

    This is the link to pass on …… http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/please-no-relative-secrets/

    Thanking you in anticipation.


    Cartoon Mick

  8. Lee

    I saw your blog on Freshly Pressed, and was drawn in pretty quickly. I’m not a teacher (I’m a journalist), but this is a really interesting insight into working in remote communities. I’ve listed you as one of my favourites in a recent post: http://aglasshalf-full.com/2013/02/01/whats-this-an-award/
    If you’d like to play the game and answer the questions, great – if not, no worries! Look forward to reading more.

  9. How’s teaching going? I know you’re quite busy, and have recently received a blogger award, but I’ve passed on the Liebster Award to you as well. http://procrastinationdiaries.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/liebster-awarded/ Keen to read more when you have time!

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