Jessica Bennett is a Teaching Focused Academic in the First Year College. She has always been passionate about teaching, where she is able to inspire learners of all ages to become confident in their ability to succeed.

Jessica has a decade of experience teaching in primary and secondary schools, where she specialised in physical education, science and outdoor education.  In 2010, Jessica expanded into the tertiary sector where she has been a pre-service teacher educator and researcher.

In 2017 Jessica published in The International Journal of Early Years Education. Her research explored the successful mentoring collaboration between Timor-Leste early years teachers with Australian teachers. Jessica has worked with the International Community Development students, during the Timor Leste History, Politics and Society Study Tour. These experiences provided opportunities for her to establish partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including the United Nations, who she worked alongside, in the Timor Leste Parliamentary Elections, as an International Observer.

During her time in the tertiary sector, Jessica has taught and worked in the areas of child and adolescent health, physical education, outdoor education, pedagogy and managing teaching in professional contexts.

Jessica continues to upgrade her knowledge through further experiences and study.

Areas of expertise

  • teaching
  • Child & Adolescent Health
  • Physical education
  • Outdoor education
  • Adult learning
  • Blended Learning

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5144


Refereed journal articles

  • Developing Timorese early years teachers' pedagody through an Australian mentoring programme J Bennett, P Burridge (2017) International Journal of Early Years Education 26 (1), 104-118

Professional experience

Professional memberships

  • ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Victorian Outdoor Education Association (VOEA)
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Industry experience

  • Physical Education, Health, Science, Outdoor Education & Primary Generalist teacher
  • Canoe Polo Victorian State Women’s Team Member
  • Australian Open Tennis Umpire with Tennis Australia
  • ​AUSTSWIM Swimming Squad Instructor
  • Canoeing Victoria Kayaking Instructor
  • The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Teacher