What I Offer

 

Open to Success provides study,  wellbeing and career coaching, supporting secondary school and University students.   The vision of Open to Success is that no student should suffer financial, economic and emotional hardship because  they chose the wrong study pathway. Students often struggle to identify who they are, where they are going, and  what sort of profession they would like to have.

The Open to Success strategy enables students to  construct an action plan that aligns with their skills, interests and aspirations. The focus is on providing a clear foundation for success, from as early as Year 10, to UAC  selections in Year 12, using the Take Heart  coaching methodology, which stems from solution-based, cognitive behavioral theories and techniques.

Once at University, students can reach out to Open to Success for  support to navigate the sometimes brutal reality of University life. This programme is particularly valuable for rural, regional and international students as they make this transition.

About Me

 

In 1982, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English, History, and Drama) and Diploma of Education (Secondary) from The University of New England, Armidale, and spent the next six years teaching English, History and Drama in Queensland, New South Wales and London.

On my return to Australia, after a short time teaching, I was invited to study Japanese through the Queensland Education Department and upon completion of the course, went straight into the classroom. However, not happy with the standard of my spoken fluency, I funded my own way to Tokyo, where I studied Japanese, taught English in Yokohama and lived in Kawasaki with my sister’s host family.

After returning to Australia again, I gained valuable business, marketing and immigration experience within the Hospitality sector working at the Park Hyatt. However, I soon realised that teaching was my first vocation. My Japanese and English teaching career spanned 15 years, teaching children as young as five to mature age adults in Armidale, Sydney and Brisbane. It was while in Armidale that I met my husband Greg Eddy, at that time Deputy Head of St Albert’s College. This began almost thirty continuous years of residence in University Residential Colleges on three different campuses – The University of New England, Macquarie University and The University of Queensland.

In 2011, I was appointed Deputy Head of The Women’s College within The University of Queensland, after having moved from the teaching sector to work at King’s College as the Foundation’s Marketing and Events’ Manager. In 2015, I graduated with a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) from Queensland University of Technology where I was recognised by QUT as an outstanding student and a member of the Golden Key Society. This led me to be offered the position of Head of Duchesne College in 2016.

In 2018, Open to Success was established to provide one on one coaching and academic support for all students – rural and metropolitan.

Qualifications

 

  • Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
  • Executive Coaching Certificate (Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology)
  • Wellness Coach (Level 2 AusRep)
  • Bachelor of Arts (English, History, Drama)
  • Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Associate Diploma of Modern Languages (Japanese)
  • Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
  • Triple P Parenting Certificate
  • Personal Trainer