Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Squirrel Main CV


The University of Melbourne, Masters in Journalism, February 2012-present              

The University of Auckland, PhD in Education (policy and evaluation), April 2006-November 2008
Focus: teacher support systems in low-socioeconomic schools
Finalist: Top thesis in New Zealand, 2008

Stanford University, Masters in Education policy analysis and evaluation, September 2000-June 2001
*  Focus: state-level policy and evaluation of inner-city schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelors of Arts, August 1994-June 1998    
*  Double-major: Elementary Education and Political Science
*  Honours & highest distinction

Journalism Experience 

ABC Melbourne Newsroom, April 2013
     *  Work experience internship with radio and TV news
     *  Wrote radio and online copy using iNews
     *  Recorded and edited interviews and sound grabs using Netia

3CR Community Radio, Melbourne, December 2012-present

      *  Producer, presenter and panelist, Wednesday Breakfast

JOY 94.9, Community Radio,
 Melbourne, September 2011-present
*  World Wide Wave evening international news program
◦     producer: researching and creating program
◦     co-presenter and panel operator, includes international interviews
◦     podcaster: editing with Adobe Audition and Audacity

*  News Reader, Tuesday midday                                  
◦     sourcing, writing and reading news (four bulletins per show)
◦     recording and editing sound grabs

Global Mail, Online Newspaper, April 2013
     * Assisted with fact-checking pharmaceuticals database (paid position)

Herald-Sun Newspaper, Melbourne, October 2012

*  Two-week work experience with True Crime team

*  Created cold case database and Google map doc of victims

*  Wrote feature piece on 1920's gangster Squizzy Taylor

New Matilda, Online Newspaper, Melbourne, August 2012-September 2012
*  Assisted Ben Eltham with 'Future Shock' longform series on energy
*  Created database, analysed data and designed charts for explainers
*  Co-authored two pieces and assisted with transcribing

Daily Tar Heel, Student Newspaper, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 1997-June 1997
*  Thursday Columnist

Other Employment Experience

The University of Melbourne, Graduate School of Education, Melbourne, Australia
      *  Research assistant to Maxine McKew, March 2013-present
      *  Research fellow, E4Kids Project, Oct 2011-Feb 2013 
                 *Cleaned and analysed data of 2,500 preschool parents   
                 *Researched and wrote articles based on E4Kids dataset

Outward Bound New Zealand, Anakiwa, New Zealand, July 2008-July 2011
*  Course instructor (21 days, groups of 14 students)
*  Kayaking, sailing, climbing, high ropes, navigation

Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, California, July 2001-June 2005
*  Lead teacher, helped open high-LBOTE (Spanish) school
*  Designed and facilitated beginning teacher support program
Gatewood Elementary, Seattle, Washington, September 1998-December 1999
*  Kindergarten-first grade teacher in urban multiage inclusion model


*  Microsoft Office: Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Exchange
*  Google: Refine, Fusion Tables, Spreadsheets
*  Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, Audacity, iMovie, Netia, iNews
*  SPSS, NVivo
*  HTML, some CSS

Websites and social media

Tweetcaster, New News Media conference, August 2012
*  Livetweeting, curating (via Storify)
*  Uploading digital photos

Creator, various websites, July 2012-present
*  Website/blog for World Wide Wave radio show (
*  Sensory Garden website for digital media assignment (
*  Journalism portfolio (Blogger)
*  YouTube channel of Audiovisual portfolio (YouTube)

Online Photographer, ABC, April 2013
      * New fire training facility opens at Melbourne (and others)

     Published articles

     Hippos interrupted: tunnel stress fears for zoo's higher orders. The Age. October 6, 2013. 

     A more sustainable Australia... The Conversation. August 21, 2013.

NAPLAN doesn’t stand up to international tests. The Conversation. July 2, 2013.

Gonski: Different funding arrangements... The Conversation, May 20, 2013. 

Alarming increase of elderly at risk of homelessness, ABC, April 18, 2013.

Refugees deemed 'security risk' continue hunger strike, ABC, April 18, 2013.

d delivers cash for schools. New Matilda. April 15, 2013.

Violence puts women on the streets. New Matilda. March 8, 2013.

Tasmanian waters to become climate change 'hot spot'. Cosmos. 30 November 2012.

Beef cattle could be bred to produce less methaneCosmos29 November 2012.

Leslie ‘Squizzy' Taylor dies in gunfight after dominating Melbourne's underworld in the 1920's. Herald-Sun. October 27, 2012.

U.S. gay rights fight: more to do at home than abroad. Crikey. October 16, 2012.

Targeted Killing The New Normal: Mori. New Matilda. September 28, 2012.

Poles, Wires, Regulators and Middle MenNew Matilda (with Ben Eltham). September 21, 2012.

Your Energy Bill ExplainedNew Matilda (with Ben Eltham). September 20, 2012.

Mass protests over rare-earth extraction plant. Crikey. July 17, 2012.

Publications in Refereed Journals

Main, S. (2009). Balanced development: A Mäori model for beginning teacher support Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. 29(1), 101-117.
Main, S. (2008). Pedagogical oversights: Age and experience in New Zealand induction. Journal of Education for Teaching. 34(2), 121-137.
Main, S. (2007). Toward a pedagogical framework: New Zealand induction. Journal of In-Service Education, 33(2), 237-240.

Other Experience

*  Raft guide, New Zealand, Summers 2006-2008
*  Summer day camp counselor, Raleigh, North Carolina, summers 1992-1995
*  Youth soccer coach, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 1994-June 1998


*  Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, July 2005, 2009
*  National Board, Middle Childhood Generalist Master Teacher, November 2004
*  NZ National Raft Guide, Grade 3 Junior Guide Award, February 2006
*  NZRA River Rescue, Senior Guide Course/First Aid, November 2005, 2006

Other Interests                                                       

*  Rock climbing                                                                        
*  Guitar, drums                                                                         
*  Travel—Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, France, United States of America, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Fiji, Malaysia
*  Studied French and Spanish


Margaret Simons (The University of Melbourne, Masters program supervisor)
0411 254 478                

John Hattie (The University of Melbourne, PhD supervisor)
0478 301 439                

Collette Tayler (The University of Melbourne, manager)
03 8344 0992                

David Mangnall (Training Manager Outward Bound New Zealand)
+64 3 520 8290 ext. 838      

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