Program participants

Below are the teachers who participated in the 2019 Women in Agri-tech Program. As a part of the program, each teacher developed a learning module to build aspirations and knowledge of female students in the agri-tech industry.

Modules may be downloaded and used in any classroom in Australia for female and male students.

Belinda Howse – Margaret River Senior High School

Belinda Howse says she fell in love with agriculture during her first job as a lab/field assistant with CSIRO, Animal Production. This work led Ms Howse to working for 12 years with Department of Agriculture in Entomology, based out of South Perth and the Ord River Project in Kununurra. She has now been at Margaret … Continue reading Belinda Howse – Margaret River Senior High School

Sue Pratt – Balaklava High School

Sue Pratt has been involved in agriculture for as long as she can remember, so it was a natural fit for her to evolve from teaching Biology and Special Education into being an Agriculture teacher. Ms Pratt teaches at Balaklava High School in South Australia and is currently President of ATASA - the Agricultural Teacher's … Continue reading Sue Pratt – Balaklava High School

Emma O’Shea – Faith Lutheran College Plainland

Emma O'Shea grew up on a hydroponic strawberry farm in Bundaberg, Queensland. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland, Ms O’Shae lived and worked on various properties with her husband in central and southern Queensland. She then attained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, and has taught Maths & Science in … Continue reading Emma O’Shea – Faith Lutheran College Plainland

Kelly Soenario – Trinity Bay SHS

Kelly Soenario completed a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental Studies with majors in Ecology and Environmental Planning, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Ms Soenario teaches Junior Science and Senior Earth and Environmental Science at Trinity Bay State High School in Cairns, northern Queensland. She enjoys using drones and has … Continue reading Kelly Soenario – Trinity Bay SHS

Melanie Campbell – Orange High School

Melanie Campbell has an educational background in Technology and Applied Studies with a major in Agriculture. Ms Campbell has taught in a variety of locations across New South Wales including regional, rural and remote schools and is currently based at Orange High School, a large regional school. She says she is interested in opportunities to … Continue reading Melanie Campbell – Orange High School

Nicolle Currey – Lightning Ridge Central School

Nicolle Currey teaches Agriculture, Science and STEM at Lightning Ridge Central School. She also operates a self-replacing merino flock and, when the seasons allow, she grows crops and runs cattle.  Ms Currey has been integral in the reintroduction of Agriculture as an elective at her school and has been promoting the subject among students and … Continue reading Nicolle Currey – Lightning Ridge Central School

Samantha Jarrett – Mount View High School

After finishing a university degree focused on environmental sciences, Samantha Jarrett began her career as a science teacher. Three months into the job, she was asked to take over management of the school farm and says that’s when she fell in love with the subject of Agriculture. For the past ten years, Ms Jarrett has … Continue reading Samantha Jarrett – Mount View High School

Anne Frazer – Timboon P-12

Anne Frazer began her working life in Pharmacy but was eventually drawn to teaching. Ms Frazer completed her P-12 teaching degree (Science and Chemistry) at Deakin University which then led her to working at a metropolitan primary school. She then moved to Timboon P-12 in rural Victoria completed her Masters and began teaching secondary science, … Continue reading Anne Frazer – Timboon P-12

Noni Gabb – Ballarat Grammar School

Noni Gabb teaches Year 11 Agriculture/Horticulture at Ballarat Grammar School in Victoria. Ms Gabb grew up as the fifth generation on the family’s sheep and cropping property in western Victoria. After finishing school, she worked as a jillaroo on sheep and cattle stations. Ms Gabb began her studies with a dual degree in Arts/Science at … Continue reading Noni Gabb – Ballarat Grammar School

Shona Janky – Woodleigh School

Shona Janky teaches Science and Agriculture and Horticulture, and manages the 15-acre school farm, at Woodleigh School situated in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Ms Janky has attained a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Management, a Master of Enterprise Innovation and a Post Graduate Degree in Secondary Education. Ms Janky has worked … Continue reading Shona Janky – Woodleigh School

Natasha Burrows – Taminmin College

Natasha Burrows currently teaches middle years Agriculture and Science at Taminmin College, a 7-12 school situated in the rural outskirts of Darwin, Northern Territory. Ms Burrows began her working life as an Entomologist, helping primary producers manage pest insects and plants. She then undertook more study to receive a Graduate Diploma in Education and when … Continue reading Natasha Burrows – Taminmin College

Keeley Lester – Winnaleah District High School

Keeley Lester is a general classroom and agriculture teacher at Winnaleah District High School in far North-East Tasmania. Ms Lester comes from a farming background, growing up on her family’s dairy farm, also located in Tasmania. Agriculture has always been a passion of Ms Lester’s and something she says she’s been happy to blend with … Continue reading Keeley Lester – Winnaleah District High School

Chelsea Dahlenburg – Naracoorte Highschool

Chelsea Dahlenburg teaches Agriculture 8 – 12 at Naracoorte Highschool and has worked in region for 10 years. Ms Dahlenburg is a 5th generation farmer, her family still runs sheep and grows grain in the Wimmera region of Victoria. She has attained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in physical education and environmental studies. Ms Dahlenburg says … Continue reading Chelsea Dahlenburg – Naracoorte Highschool