Big Cats Teacher
Jemma is descendent of the Badtjala People (traditional owners of K’gari) and is incredibly proud of the deadly women that came before her. She grew up in a little town called Ulmarra, and Bundjalung Country on the river across to Yaegl Country by the sea is where she feels most at home. She offers her respects to the Elders and the old people, and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which she was raised.
Jemma has been working at BIS as a basecamp teacher since 2019, having previously been employed as a classroom teacher for Education Queensland. She is also a qualified Family Support Worker and spent many years as part of a multidisciplinary team supporting parents with developmentally appropriate, safe and secure caregiving for newborn to six month old in a residential model. Jemma has a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and English Literature) from the University of Queensland.
Jemma loves hanging out with her family and sharing space with them – loud boardgames, vibrant discussion, art and design, or simply reading in the same room. There is never a dull moment in the Austen family with husband Scott, children Willow, Chase, Declan and Hugo, and Jesse – a 40 kg gentle giant of a dog.
Jemma loves BIS and welcomes you to our vibrant community, where teaching and learning is relational and holistic. Let’s talk.