For most of the past 20 years I have worked in K-12 schools: first as a science teacher in Connecticut, USA, where I first observed and was intrigued by how technology seemed to inherently boost students’ engagement in their learning. I was compelled to take my career in that direction and pursue focusing on ICT in school education.
In 2000, I emigrated to Australia and after some further study started working with schools to help bridge the digital divide. For nine years before joining AARNet, I worked in leadership roles as Director of ICT for large independent schools in Tasmania and New South Wales, responsible of all ICT strategic development and operations at each school.
This is the fastest growing customer group for AARNet right now. I help K-12 schools and K-12 Government, Catholic and Independent school authorities across all states and territories connect to AARNet, provide support for their evolving requirements, and work to position AARNet as the premium fibre infrastructure provider to K-12 in Australia. I seek out, support and promote educational activities and initiatives that happen “above the network” where K-12 and AARNet connect.
Having directly experienced what it’s like to be a customer, I am passionate about the benefits and learning possibilities that the AARNet network facilitates. I often paraphrase the late entrepreneur Victor Kiam: “I liked the (AARNet) service so much, I went to work for the company!”
I spend a lot of time talking with schools about where they are in terms of connectivity, where they would like to go, and helping them get there. In a national role, this amounts to many and frequent conversations.
As a former science teacher, the strong education and research focus at AARNet provides unending points of interest to learn more about and smart and interesting people to learn from. That AARNet is part of a global research and education network only expands that sense of wonder and excitement.
I love spending time with my family, getting my two rambunctious boys involved in sport and boating with them in Sydney’s beautiful Pittwater. I enjoy reading, listening to tech podcasts, surfing and live music. I also like to travel and relish dining with friends.
May 17, 2017
Aug 19, 2016
Tell us about your career before AARNet? Since graduating from Swinburne in 2004, I have worked in various networking-related roles for a range of organisations, including six years as a consultant for large Independent and Catholic secondary colleges. This work gave me a sound understanding of the sector and provided me with...
Aug 1, 2016
Professor Annabelle Duncan was elected to the AARNet Board of Directors at its meeting on 8 June 2016 to fill a vacancy on the Board that arose when Professor Ian Young retired in 2015. We thank Ian for his invaluable contribution and wish him all the best. Meet our new board member Professor Annabelle Duncan is...