Quakers Hill, Australia
"Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will, and our job is to help them make something of it."
— Ken Robinson
Gary Poulton teaches visual art, photography, and design at Wyndham College, a senior high school in Western Sydney, NSW, Australia. He also provides technical support for the school's faculty, as well as three computer labs. The faculty is acknowledged in education circles for its excellence, particularly in digital photographic media. Poulton notes that the key ingredients in the faculty's success in the prestigious ArtExpress exhibitions have been Adobe products such as Photoshop®, Lightroom®, Illustrator®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, and Acrobat®. He worked for two years with the Western Sydney L4L/T4L Curriculum Innovators team, training staff in the use of Adobe and Microsoft applications on laptops that were delivered under the Digital Education Revolution initiative.
For Poulton, creative and critical thinking are essential to good education and the development of the whole person. Educating for life and well-being is a core part of his teaching philosophy. His endeavors include REWIRE, a seven-year project, currently in its third phase, designed to establish a resource and support network for visual art, photography, and design teachers across Australia in accord with the proposed National Curriculum.
Poulton believes that technological capability is a powerful tool for enabling the dual concepts of "educare" (to bring up) and "educere" (to lead forth), the Latin roots of the word "educate." His goal now and even beyond his teaching career is "to bring forth that which is within‚” developing and nurturing the innate qualities of those he interacts with to the best of his ability.
It is important to Poulton that his students know that he practices what he is teaching. He is an actively exhibiting photographer and artist whose works can be found in a number of Australian collections such as the New South Wales Art Gallery, the Queensland State Library, Menzies Library, the Australian National University, Monash University, and the Australian National Library. He was a semifinalist for the 2010 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and a finalist for the NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photography Prize the same year. He was also a finalist in the International iPhone Photography Awards for 2011 and 2012.
Poulton earned a bachelor's degree in visual art from the Canberra Institute of the Arts. He also holds a graduate diploma from the Canberra School of Art and a diploma of secondary education from the University of Western Sydney.