Jane is a very passionate relief teacher. She has had a very interesting, full and fabulous life (even though exceptionally tough at times).
After training and then teaching in Secondary, she then went on a world venture using her skills working as a temp in London for some time. She then had a stint of working on several beautiful islands on the Great Barrier Reef as a receptionist (including relief), and at times, house keeper and bar maid. She found that very refreshing (who wouldn't?) (along with the beautiful clean sea water).
Yet, back to teaching she went. She missed the kids. After teaching in secondary, she then moved to youth justice for two years, then relief teaching took its course in secondary, intermediate, primary and the prison system. In between all this, she trained as a Virtues Facilitator and traveled the world attending and speaking at Virtues Conferences. Jane has also run her own businesses including cleaning, healing and yoga; she has worked as a temp carer (and has written a book on that venture). She also worked for EQC after the earthquakes, and contributed in that way.
Most of her life Jane has run her own yoga classes and practices herself on a daily basis. She believes in keeping the body fit, as well as the mental and emotional.
Every time she moved away from teaching, she noticed there was something missing. It was the interaction. The input. The possibility of making a difference in these precious young peoples’ lives.
Her writing began in the last ten years, and covers in particular, the path she is on at the time. Jane has writings for children, youth,parents and adults. Her words ‘ebb and flow’, gripping and changing people’s lives. (Read People Say plus: for confirmation.)
She has considered herself a ‘gypsy’ in that Jane has moved and experienced so very much through not being attached to having a set place and possessions. This has enabled her to broaden her experiences greatly. To ‘see’ the world from different eyes. Giving her space to move and be free.
Possibly the ‘gypsy’ began when she went to India in 1984 where this changed her life and belief systems somewhat. She loved the simplicity of life. She loved the connection. She loved the ‘real’. This is what she imparts with the children now. She revisits India often, to examine (and possibly adjust) her beliefs.
Relief teaching is a very meaningful part of Jane’s life and she holds on to this dearly.
If you read her blogs,Confessions of a Relief Teacher and soon to be, Window into India, I am sure you will gain a bigger picture of Jane, who she is, and what she ‘stands’ for.