Simon Windley – Education Officer

Phone: +61 (3) 9340 3611

My love of science began at an early age. As a kid I was fascinated by the world around me and I loved solving puzzles; making incremental gains towards understanding the bigger picture.

This curiosity based approach to learning stayed with me throughout my studies which ultimately lead me to studying a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at Monash University, majoring in Developmental Biology and Immunology and Human Pathology.
Throughout my undergraduate studies I developed a keen interest for lab based scientific research, which was furthered throughout my PhD at the University of Melbourne, where I explored mechanisms of mammalian sex determination, combining my love of developmental and reproductive biology.

My research background has heavily influenced my approach to education, where I’m a keen advocate for inquiry based learning through hands on investigations.  I believe one of the best things about being a teacher is bearing witness to ‘the light bulb moment’ when, having thoroughly interrogated a problem, something clicks for a student, enabling them to better understand a difficult concept. Working at GTAC, I’m fortunate enough to encounter this on a near daily basis, a reflection of the hard work of the students, their teachers and our terrific scientist mentors.

Here at GTAC, I’m inspired by the inquisitive minds of our students and I’m lucky to be able to work in an environment that fosters their critical thinking skills. In a world where information is ubiquitous, it has never been more important to question the information presented to us. This is a skill that is strongly reinforced through the study of science and I look forward to working with students in an environment where they are never afraid to ask ‘Why?’