Passionate science teacher, Jenni Frank, continues to inspire future scientists as a STEM Coach.
Being interested in science from a young age, Jenni was encouraged to pursue a career in STEM by her role model, her mum.
My mum was a strong role model for me, and has studied and worked in STEM fields her whole life. I think it is important to have role models so students are aware of all the different pathways into scientific fields and so they can ask questions as needed.
I was always interested in science at school, so after school I studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Immunology and Biology at the University of Sydney. I then went on to do a Master of Teaching through the University of Tasmania.
After developing a love for teaching, Jenni now uses her science background to help support students grow their passion in STEM, enjoying the range of opportunities on offer in her role as Head of Science.
I am currently teaching science and am the Head of Science at St Philips College in Alice Springs, NT. I don’t think a lot of people realise the opportunities that are available as a science teacher. I have got to teach all over Australia, completed field research with the Bush Blitz team in Groote Eylandt and later this year I am taking a group of aspiring scientists to the research station on Orpheus Island associated with James Cook University.
Jenni is an avid supporter of young girls following their passion in STEM subjects and, as a STEM Coach, enjoyed talking to her students about their interests.
I have really enjoyed being a part of the Curious Minds program. I joined the program as a mentor, because I thought the program sounded like something I would have loved to complete when I was at school. An element of the program that I enjoyed was discussing current scientific issues with my mentees, and their interests in STEM.
The impact of the Curious Minds program is invaluable; it is inspiring the future generation of scientists and allowing them to make connections in STEM fields.