Dianne Stevenson 

BEd, Grad Dip Comm Comp

Dianne Sandberg was born on 9th October 1965 and married Chris Stevensonb on 14th December 1991 and became Dianne Stevenson

Current Activities

I am currently a full time mum of Matthew, Sophie  and wife of Chris Stevenson (and loving it)! 

       Former Employment

I started my teaching career as a Home Economics teacher at Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta. (July 1989 - April 1994). During this time computers were emerging and becoming increasingly popular in classrooms. I developed an interest in teaching students in Computing Studies and undertook a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Computing to be better able to teach the senior syllabus. In April 1994, I was surprised to gain an interview on my first application for promotion and was further pleasantly surprised when I was successful in getting the position. 11 days later I started as Head Teacher of Home Economics and Computing at Riverstone High School. During my time at Riverstone High School we went from purchasing our first 10 IBM compatible stand alone machines (386SX-33) running Windows for Workgroups 3.11, to allow for future networking, to having a fully cabled school with around 100 machines connected on a network running Novell. I took leave from my position at Riverstone from June 1999 and spent time following Chris in his interstate travels for his job. In 2000 I was Head Teacher of Home Economics and Computing at Muirfield High School where I taught until I started maternity leave in September of that year. I am now on leave without pay because we are living in Singapore while Chris is managing a project to install new accounting systems for the OCBC bank.

Prior to teaching, I had several part time jobs including waitressing at Auburn Baseball Club and Ashfield RSL club during my HSC and early college years. I also worked for NSW Department of Sport & Recreation as a swimming  instructor and Vacation Learn to Swim Supervisor during every summer holiday. I also spent a couple of the mid year holidays at their holiday activity centres (one for disabled children). In 1988 I trained to become an Austswim lecturer and went on to present and coordinate many courses in the Sydney metropolitan areas as well as Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo. I did this until my promotion to Riverstone because I was also at Uni part time and married and felt I needed to devote my energies to those things.

After finishing at College with my teaching degree I deferred being placed as a teacher and worked in a casual position as Recreation Officer for the Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing in their Water Safety section. I did administrative work for the running of Austswim Extension courses, answered phone queries, worked on educational material for Water Safety and compiled the drowning statistics on a computerised database (using DB3+). I enjoyed this work but the Department of Education, during a supposed period of not appointing staff, sent me a telegram in mid July appointing me to Arthur Phillip High School. Five days later, there I stood in a classroom being called "Miss Sandberg".

 

You can see me in the team photo if you click here then click on the 1983 button on the left. I am in the middle of the front row, 6th from the left.

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