Talia Barrett has worked as an education practitioner for over 20 years. She was a teacher trainer in Thailand and Indonesia in the mid-1990’s and then, since moving to the Ballarat area with Martin, she has worked in the area of academic literacy in the tertiary education sector.
Her main role in the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary is ensuring the smooth running of the administrative side of the business by overseeing the management of the sanctuary and its financial operations. Talia’s other role is in curriculum design and development for the school incursions. She has developed self-contained units of work that schools can access for any year level to ensure that Martin’s displays are contextualised within key learning areas of the Australian National Curriculum. The aim is for the unit content to assist school students and the public alike to have access to interactive and diverse resources promoting engagement with and a deeper understanding of the natural environment and the specific issues that directly impact birds of prey.