My name is L’Amour Gina-Whewell. I am from the Solomom Islands and currently living with my family in Australia. I retired in from High School Teaching in May of this year, after 34 years of teaching!! I was a Teacher Educator then later went back to High School Teaching, My areas of expertise are Educational Studies, Home Economics, Food Technology, Design and Technology and Hospitality. I also do Adult education at community level.
I have been educated from primary to secondary in the Solomon Islands. The latter years of my tertiary education were done overseas - Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. I have qualifications ranging from TAFE certificates in Vocational Education & Training to a Masters in Education, (First Class Honours)
I taught at Waimapuru National Secondary School in 1987 and 1988. In 1994 I worked at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, (now part of Solomon Islands National University), where I became Head of the Applied Science Faculty. It was during that time I undertook early research on women’s role in fisihing that influenced further interest in this important field. In 1997 after completing my post grad studies I gained a position at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji as Fellow focussing on Legal Literacy for Community Eductors in the 12 USP countries. This was cut short by my husband’s medical condition and so we came to Australia in 2000 and have since lived here. I gained teaching positions with NSW Department of Education and taught at Bourke High School, Mungind Central School and Southern Cross School of Distance Education. In the eighteen years of teaching in NSW, I held Head Teacher positions particularly in Vocational Education & Training. I worked with a lot with indigenous students. I have also done a lot of community education mainly with women in my village in the Solomon Islands during my holidays!