DipT, RCAE; GradCert (SpecEd), MSpecEd, CSU, MEd, CSU; Grad Cert University Teaching & Learning; TAFE Wiradjuri Language 1 & 11
As a school based practitioner, Maria has taught from Kindergarten to Year 6 before diversifying as a Special Education educator supporting students with learning difficulties in local regional schools. Concurrent work with TAFE provided rich opportunities to engage with VET and adult education course development and delivery. Since 2004, Maria has worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education. Maria’s interest in undergraduate teachers’ capacity to engage with Aboriginal students has resulted in a number of cultural activities involving on-campus and field experiences. She has continued to work with her various national projects as well as community and school projects to develop literacy capacity in Aboriginal students.
Maria’s research interest is in examining the capacity of undergraduate teacher education students to engage with and work with Aboriginal students, their families and communities. Her current work with an OLT project builds on previous AITSL and ALTC projects.
Maria lectures in undergraduate subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) Course in literacy, professional experience and inclusive education subjects.