When she was growing up, Fiona attended seven different primary schools in England.
She went to a public high school and studied mathematics at Oxford, later gaining a Master of Science majoring in hydrology and water resources management from Imperial College London. Before applying to Teach For Australia, she was a PhD student, researching climate science at The University of Western Australia.
Fiona was inspired to become a Teach For Australia Associate because she “wanted to step up and do something about inequity in this country, particularly in regards to Indigenous people”.
As a maths and science teacher, Fiona loves being able to open her students’ eyes to the beauty of maths and its relevance in the world around them.
“Many of my students have very low numeracy skills and so I am seeking to work with them on improving these skills while also allowing them to explore the world of mathematics independently of their ability to add or multiply.”
One of the greatest challenges facing her own students at Tennant Creek High School is simply coming to school.
Fiona acknowledges the support of her old teacher, Mr Dawes, and would like to thank him “for sparking a genuine love in maths, and showing me how teaching is an act of social activism”.
To those who are considering a career in teaching, Fiona says to go for it.
For Fiona, the best experience of participating in Testing Teachers was “knowing that the country will get to meet the students of Tennant Creek High School”.
She hopes that Australia will gain “a recognition of what many students are having to overcome in order to get access to the same career pathways and lifestyles of the ‘average’ Australian”.