Researcher biography

Amy Thomson is a Mandandanji woman and a current Doctorate of Philosophy student enrolled in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. Amy’s research is about how the principles of self-determination and co-design can influence the way English educators embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and perspectives in urban private schools. Amy currently works as a research assistant and teaches undergraduate students at UQ in both the School of Education and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies unit. Amy previously worked in a private secondary school in a Sydney as an English and Music teacher after finishing her Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at UQ with a Dean’s commendation award for academic excellence. Amy’s undergraduate studies were also at UQ where she studied a Bachelor of Music (honours – majoring in performance on French horn) and a Bachelor Arts (majoring in English literature and writing). Amy was awarded several Dean’s academic achievement awards throughout her studies and commenced her degree with a Merit scholarship after receiving Dux of her school. Amy is a mother and wife and is passionate about her family, love of teaching, research, Indigenous education, and English literature.