About the teacher

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My name is Nicole Dawson, I have four children who I homeschooled for over 14 years. I've embraced many differing philosophies over the years, and have found that unschooling is what has worked best for my family.

My family spent 3 and a half years traveling the United States, Canada, England and Europe, where I spent time with over 17 different home schooling groups. I was exposed to a wealth of education and parenting styles, and willingly learnt as much as I could.

I've have quite a curious mind and have enjoyed the fields of science and mathematics for as long as I can remember. My current interests are the neuroscience of motivation, ecopedagogy, plant science and calculus. I've studied nine subjects with open university where I enjoyed seven high distinctions. Most of my subjects have been in science and math. I'm now studying a bachelor of science with Melbourne University, majoring in psychology.

I love to learn, and I find that teaching is learning on a whole other level. Not only do I get to enjoy the unique satisfaction that comes with bringing learning to others, but I also get to learn my subject material with greater depth and from multiple perspectives with teaching in a way that I do not with my personal studies.

I'm also drawn to creative pursuits, including oil painting, drawing, poetry and particularly music. I've been playing piano since I was seven years old, I've studied music theory and love to improvise. As an older teenager I took up the violin and spent time busking right up the east coast of Australia. Currently I'm passionate about the guitar and piano.