My name is Irena Sikorska and I am a professional education specialist, with many years’ experience in the education sector. I began my career as a high school English teacher, teaching in both the public and private sectors in Western Australia and the eastern states. I temporarily left teaching for eight years and worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. I completed a four year posting to Bangkok, Thailand, where I reported on a range of political and economic issues at the Australian Embassy.
Since returning to education, I have worked closely with students in a range of educational contexts in both the not for profit and public sectors.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education, both from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Education from Murdoch University. I am now a doctoral candidate, also at Murdoch University, conducting research on the role of the school in the fulfilment of aspirations.