Having grown up and returned to the local region to teach in the arts, Mary-Jayne (MJ) has considerable connections to local educational contexts, practitioners, as well as the wider Albury community. She has taught Visual Arts in London and greater surrounds, and is currently engaged as a passionate, highly motivated and creative teacher/leader within the education sector. Driven by the philosophy that all people have the right to discerning, dynamic, reflective and creative educational opportunities, she informed by sound educational research, thinking and current 'on the ground' experience.
Mary-Jayne has held a number of leadership and teaching positions, currently she fulfills the role of Head of Creative and Performing Arts and Visual Arts teacher at a large and long standing Albury high school. She has also been engaged as a House Coordinator seeing her responsible for student wellbeing and the management of pastoral imperatives, as well as Acting Assistant Principal -Teaching and Learning and as Acting Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing. Mary-Jayne holds a Masters of Educational Leadership, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Diploma of Education and has recently attained coaching accreditation with additional training in restorative practices.
Fundamentally, Mary-Jayne is an artist and educator. Establishing her own art studio with a focus on textiles, painting, printmaking and digital works, she has produced artworks and publications for private and public collections; exhibiting her work regionally and interstate. Further engaging in diverse areas of theatre production and promotion, digital technologies and graphic design she embraces opportunities to bring people and communities together, connecting and enlightening through all that the creative arts can offer.