Educate, Advocate & Inform Using Textile Technology


Hello, I am Glenn Russell a student teacher and advocate of Home Economics.  A qualified chef who has many years of industry experience.  My philosophy towards education is that of self-awareness, empathy, and character.   By developing a path of self-assessment, self-regulation, and self-reflection.  Developing creativity through play and imagination and by opening oneself to empathy and compassion.  Being an educator is about building trust, emotional safety, and a culture of collaboration.  Opening to, and learning from, other cultures and modeling and following ethical teaching practices.  Being a lifelong learner…

I hope to be a passionate educator who fosters inclusivity that is focused on improving student outcomes for all students, with a strong dedication to lifelong learning.  I am committed to developing a curriculum that students are excited to engage with.  Furthermore, I will strive to develop productive partnerships with students and colleagues.  

I encourage the development of internationalism and the concept of world citizenship – subscribing to the concepts of Ubuntu – you are, therefore, I am – a concept of all in it together, working together in partnership and Kaizen – continuous improvement – develop and encourage in students and my own professional practice.

I believe that as educators we have the responsibility to engage students, encourage the development of creativity and innovation whilst creating a supportive classroom environment.  Additionally, as teachers we maybe the only positive structure in some students lives.

I am driven to provide my student’s with the necessary skills and knowledge of the textile and food industries.   I am focused on encouraging and broadening their creativity, all within a safe and open learning environment in which they are active, involved and not concerned about ‘failing-up’.

Role of the Home Economist

According to  The Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc. (HEIA) the role of the ‘Home Economist is people who are working in the field of home economics to educate, take action and advocate government, industry and the community in order to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and families, especially as it relates to food and nutrition, living environments and textiles.

…they may develop and implement learning experiences that enable students to learn how to:

  • Be innovative, enterprising and creative
  • Balance work responsibilities with personal responsibilities and leisure
  • Choose nutritious foods in a changing marketplace
  • Design, evaluate and make decisions related to textiles and food
  • Make informed, responsible and ethical consumer decisions
  • Negotiate for effective and diverse family and interpersonal relationships
  • Prepare nutritious foods and develop health promoting food behaviours
  • Take control of their health and develop health promoting behaviours
  • Understand and take action to enhance human growth and development
  • Understand and confront the way they influence and are influenced by broad societal factors such as media, advertising, peer pressure, government policies and changing technologies
  • Utilise design and technology relevant to families and households
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop vocationally related knowledges and skills such as those related to food technology, hospitality, childcare and the design and textile industries.