I was born and brought up in Melbourne, one of three brothers to German migrant parents who were WW2 refugees. I did a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University and in 1981 I went to Darwin for my teacher training and was introduced to Indigenous culture and education for the first time.
My first permanent position was at Numbulwar Community School in Arnhem Land where I also got thrown into being the Fed Rep. In 1983 I transferred to Lake Evella Community School in Gapuwiyak, also in Arnhem Land. As a casual teacher, an itinerant teacher and as a Relieving Student Welfare Consultant in the DEC, over the years I have had the opportunity to get as involved as I can in Aboriginal education issues. I am now based at Byabarra Public School as the Principal (and also the Fed Rep) and I am a Councillor for the Port Macquarie Teachers Association.
On the Aboriginal Education Restricted Committee I enjoy the opportunity to get more involved in and contribute through the Federation and to learn from the other committee members about the issues and successes public education teachers and students currently face in NSW.