I am Lina Zampichelli (aka Micky). Originally from Melbourne, I now live in Northam, Western Australia. My parents are from Sulmona, Italy, and I am fortunate to have travelled to Italy and can speak the language.
While studying Applied Science (Biology) at WAIT (now Curtin University) I began work at the Agriculture Protection Board Research Laboratory in Forrestfield. It was exciting work and suited my passion for science and mathematics.
When I moved to Toodyay I became an aerobics instructor and supplemented my income with tutoring high school students – maths, science, biology, human biology, chemistry, physics, English, Italian and French.
In 1995 I began teaching at C.Y.O’Connor Institute. I started teaching in the bridging courses New Opportunities for Women (NOW) and Certificates in General Eductation for Adults (CGEA); areas of study included literacy, numeracy, computer skills, personal management and assertiveness training. Later I lectured in Women into Technology and Applied Women Studies. I have also taught higher maths, human biology, English as a Second Language, business, and Agribusiness maths (at Muresk). My students have come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures: youth, mature age, Aboriginal, non-English speaking, trades apprentices, high school students (VET in Schools) and people with disabilities…
Most of my classes have been face-to-face or external studies. Some delivery of the NOW program was by videoconferencing. I have done some delivery online via virtual classroom (Elluminate) and Blackboard (WebCT). The new technologies have been challenging and have provided a great opportunity for me to learn new skills and ways of teaching.
Currently I provide literacy and numeracy support via the Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) to a range of qualifications: Metal Fabrication, Security Operations, Agribusiness. Other qualifications have included Aboriginal Visual Art, Carpentry and Joinery, Automotive, Industrial Skills, Business, Mutimedia & IT, Food Processing…
Although I have a minor role, I am thrilled to be part of the ELFADA project. Project manager, Jo Hart, has been an inspirational mentor. It is a wonderful action learning experience and I have gained many new skills and knowledge of technologies relevant to online learning and employment.
My interests include reading, travelling, photography, other cultures and I enjoy walking, movies, documentaries, comedy shows, music and food. I play bridge at the Avon Valley Bridge Club and have competed in congresses in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Canberra.