Teaching Experiences


As an artist-teacher, Purnima passionately models the union between the roles of teacher and artist (writer, art-maker, curator), believing teaching involves exercising creativity, artistry and research-led practices, whilst her professional art-making is often inspired by her teaching. As such, there exists a dynamic, mutual and reciprocal relationship in her role as artist-educator that creates authentic, meaningful, engaging and personal learning experiences both for her students and herself as educator. Moreover, her diverse experience teaching in leading schools, universities and museums, together with her research collaborations with The Melbourne Graduate School of Education, enhances her innovative practice.

Teaching Philosophy


With a passion for creative writing, visual arts and education, I am driven to develop student knowledge and skills in an innovative, motivational and creative learning environment. As an accomplished and practicing artist, author and education researcher with numerous successful exhibitions and work published both in Australia and internationally, I am enthusiastic about applying my knowledge to deliver authentic learning experiences for students. 

I strive to create an environment which inspires learning, inquiry, curiosity and creativity through interactive and inter-disciplinary student centred pedagogy that encourages the expression of ideas and acceptance of responsibility for learning. This involves personalised learning by differentiating the curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of individual students, and also integrating and capitalising upon the rich multicultural perspectives that students offer. 

I believe quality educators are active members in their profession and specialist fields, continually engaging in professional development and evaluation of teaching pedagogy in order to ensure continual improvement of student outcomes and responsiveness to the diverse needs of students. It is this philosophy combined with my reflective and proactive approach that underpins my practice and which ensures my students develop a love of learning.


I have contributed to English departments within outstanding, high achieving, international school environments across Australia, the UK and now in a world-class international school in Thailand. My expertise encompasses teaching the UK National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, the IGCSE and IB curricula for English Language and Literature subjects.

I create an inquiry-based creative learning environment that fosters students’ appreciation and critical understanding of global literature and global issues that authors explore. Having published much about learning environments and technology in education, I am acutely aware of how flexible learning spaces optimises deep learning and allows for teaching in a way that the research shows is most favourable to learning outcomes.

I have drawn on my active involvement in art and writers communities to provide practical experiences and the opportunity to connect students to contemporary ideas and writers, bringing a vast field of knowledge and understanding to the classroom.


    • Facilitation of ‘Word is Out’ - a Key Stage 3 magazine run by the students that aims to promote student voice:Promoting Student Authorship