Tell us a little bit about your background and what you do at Compass.
I’ve been supporting NSW schools with technology and software solutions from 1995 and have had the opportunity to see the evolution of technology within schools from before the broad scale adoption of online solutions and mobile technology, through to our modern era.
I joined the Compass team in early 2021 and my role is to support and encourage NSW schools to take advantage of Australia's most comprehensive online school management solution.
What’s your favourite product/feature within Compass?
Compass has a comprehensive range of functionalities, with over 36 school management modules. For me, the best feature is the sum of all Compass functionalities working together to streamline school process management, providing teachers with more time to support their students.
What do you see as the biggest benefit that Compass offers, whether it’s to students, school staff or families?
Compass seamlessly pulls together a great amount of school information into one place, saving huge amounts of time and informing the delivery of best practice.
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
I am very fortunate to be able to work in support of teachers and school executives. With technology and Compass perpetually evolving, I enjoy discovering how Compass solutions can be enhanced through listening to our clients and enabling their requests to come to life.
What is one of your fondest memories from your school days?
When I think of my fondest memories from school they always point to teachers who took the time to understand my motivations and supported me when I was struggling to apply myself.
What kind of student were you?
A distracted one.
What was your favourite subject, and why?
My favourite subject was Art, because I got to sit next to my crush!
What are some of the qualities of your most memorable teacher(s)?
If Compass was available to you when you were at school, do you think it would have changed your learning experience? How?
One of the challenges I had when I was at school was keeping everything together in one place. Between assignments, work sheets, notes, presentations and assessment tasks, I would always struggle to keep up with what was going on and when things were due. Having Compass would've given me a far better chance of improving my educational performance by keeping me organised and on task.
Surprise & delight us. Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am passionate about working alongside Aboriginal communities to support all Australians achieve a better understanding of Aboriginal history, heritage and culture. I am the Co-Founder of the Storylines initiative www.storylines.com.au.
What extracurricular activities, if any, were you involved in when you were at school?
My extracurricular activities all revolved around sport and Rugby League. I played junior representative Rugby League for St George.
What is one surprising lesson that you have learnt from your time at Compass?
That large organizations can provide a culture where everyone feels valued and part of a team.