Successful year for local mum

IT has been a year of great success for Cooma local, Susan Burke, since the launch of her website in July last year.

As a primary school teacher, Ms Burke began creating interactive whiteboard (IWB) lessons when she noticed that there were no lessons commercially available.

The inspiring mother of two decided to stop teaching last year to focus solely on her project, Interactive Lessons Design.

When talking to Mrs Burke, it becomes quite clear that she has a deep passion for her project.

"My focus isn't money, I'm doing this because I believe education should be all about equity," Mrs Burke explained.

"Having these lessons in a classroom not only gives teachers that extra support but enables blended learning for students."

Ms Burke is currently aiming to get the attention of schools and principals to make her lessons available to students across the country.

Her website offers yearly school memberships which allows teachers to access more than 400 lessons for K-6 classes.

"The lessons are simple and easy to navigate, even for teachers who don't have much experience working with SMART Boards in the classroom," Ms Burke said.

The simple idea of creating interactive whiteboard lessons for primary schools has exploded not only all over Australia, but worldwide.

"I have people signing up for lessons from USA, Japan and Netherlands," Mrs Burke said.

"I get requests for lessons on specific topics and do my best to deliver new lessons every week."

Mrs Burke started in February 2013 when she created a Facebook page for her proposed idea.

"I told people that if I got 200 likes I would upload a lesson online, and overnight I got something like 400 likes," Mrs Burke said.

"Now a year later I have more than 4,300 likes and over 500 members on my website."

Mrs Burke is currently working with Education AV and CommBox to pitch her project to more schools around the country.

She will be attending the EduTECH conference in Brisbane next month and the Education Show in Melbourne in August.

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