Jonny considers himself a South African-Australian, and he is grateful that the story of his life has been shaped by two cultures on two vastly different continents. The immigrant experience is one of searching for your place to belong and for your identity. This is a part of why Jonny strives to create spaces of belonging for the students he teaches: places that allow all students to express themselves and seek a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Creative writing is a passion of Jonny’s because it helps facilitate this process. He loves helping students to find their voice in their writing and then seeing where this leads them.
Over the ten years of his teaching career, Jonny has been very involved in curriculum development. One of his highlights was being involved in a team that designed an alternative Year 9 program to improve student engagement and agency.
He has also worked as a Specialist Teacher for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in the area of critical and creative thinking. In this role Jonny worked with teachers, helping them to better understand how to develop students’ thinking and creativity.