Why geeek grrrl? Well, I’ve always been a little bit geeky since I was a kid. I was enthralled by Star Trek and this fed my fascination with technology. On the other hand, I’ve always been a bit environmental – turning a love of school geography field trips into a BSc Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It would be fair to say that I have taken the UEA motto “Do Different” to heart both personally and professionally, but I firmly believe that it is by drawing on my eclectic interests and professional experiences that I am able to come up with alternative and unique ways of doing things.
Along the way I have picked up specialist qualifications and expertise in Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICTE) and this has shaped and guided the “portfolio career” I’ve had! I’ve considerable experience as an educator with extensive expertise in curriculum and policy development, resources and professional development and project management development across the entire educational span of early childhood, primary, secondary and university levels in Australia and overseas. My work as a consultant and volunteer in Tuvalu, Borneo/Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Nepal has given me great insight into working in cross-cultural contexts with a range of international organisations.
It would also be true to say that I’ve worked at all levels of government – for the Queensland State Education Department, Brisbane local government and the Australian Federal Aid Agency – but it is my work in the community sector that has given me an acute understanding of the challenges that not-for-profit groups face doing day-to-day business. These groups have to engage with digital technologies but very often do not have the resources to do so – they run on the smell of an oily rag! The e-thrifting approach means that not-for-profit organisations can get a quality outcome at a reasonable price. In this niche area I have developed fully functional and professional style websites that suit the budget of the organization.
With the geeek grrrl moniker I embrace the ‘E’s – environmental, education, electronic – and I put the Grrr into geeek grrrl with a ferocious drive for excellence!