Since arriving in 1984, Margaret Gleeson has been an active member of the Albury community teaching at all three major high schools, Riverina TAFE and Charles Sturt University. She received the Director General’s Award for Service to Public Education in 2007 and has held positions on Murray Arts Board, Friends of the Albury Regional Gallery (now MAMA) and Border Music Camp Inc.
For six years she and partner Don Cameron ran one of Albury’s most innovative restaurants which began a lifelong interest in food, its origins, cooking and healthy sustainable living. While Visual Arts is her first area of study she has over the years taught English, History and Drama to secondary students and has retired from full time teaching at the end of 2015.
As convener of Riverina Drama Camp for 10 years Margie has seen the power of an environment of play and experimentation in project based learning (PBL). In all schools where she has taught Margie has created events and performances that have brought together different age groups, cross curriculum strands and community members. These events have resulted in and encouraged a growth in resilience and confidence in, and for,
those involved. For those who wish to take part in the evidence based benefits of intensives in Creative Arts, Margie is considered to be the go-to person. It is with this experience she eagerly joined Nadia, Chris and MJ with a view to contributing positively to making a difference in the community.