Who am I? I am not Jean ValJean, although I do love Les Mis (the musical rather than the movie, and I read the book but agree it perhaps loses something in translation.)
I am Rachel Chisnall – I used to be Rachel Wilson. I grew up in chch, went to a small catholic school, then Lincoln High and then Hagley for 7th form. Then I came to Dunedin for uni, and haven’t left. I have a masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology (I think vaccines are super) and worked for a year before I realised I really missed all the teaching I did while I was doing postgrad, and so went to Tcol.
I am a Mum to Ollie (a 7 year old delicious young man with the most amazing smile who is growing far to rapidly for my liking), a wife to Al (who is selectively deaf during sports news) and a feeder of Gatsby the cat. These 3 boys are very important in my life.
To people at my current school, I am a ‘teacher’ of Chemistry and Science who is a bit nerdy and possibly a bit crazy due to my love of IT and Polyanna attitude. I previously taught in an all girls school which ran a macbook BYOD program.
This blog helps me sort my thoughts and work through inquiry projects I am working on. I am wanting to learn more about what I do and how to do it better, and this blog will document some of that.
I am honoured to be a Microsoft innovative Educator Fellow and am part of the Microsoft Innovative Educator program and a Microsoft surface expert. Nikkie Laing and I work collaboratively as a network of expertise with the MIEE group. Along with Matt Nicoll and Chhaya Narayan, I helped to set up #scichatNZ, a twitter chat ‘community’ for Science educators which has developed into an amazing source of inspiration and learning for me. I am also involved with Hands on at Otago at the University of Otago and love that week of serious fun.
To my friends I am obnoxious, a good cook, crocheter (really just a collector of wool that sometimes gets made into things) and honest to a fault (I think most of my friends would say something like this) And competitive.
You can also find out more about me HERE