Selena was born and bred in the Territory. Her mother is a Nunggubuyu lady from Numbulwar and Wanindilyakwa from Groote Eylandt both located in south-east Arnhem Land. Her father is a second generation Australian who was born in Sydney and is of Estonia, Irish and South African descent.
Selena completed her schooling in Batchelor and Darwin and participated in many youth programs including the Aboriginal Islander Tertiary Aspirations Program, YMCA Youth Parliament and the National Youth Round Table.
Selena moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education dual degree at the University of Queensland. She was the Valedictorian at her graduation ceremony and moved back to the NT to start her teaching profession. Selena taught in her first year at Casuarina Senior College where she was selected as one of two Australian Education Union-NT representatives at the 2011 World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education held in Cusco, Peru.
Selena was eager to teach in her mother’s community of Numbulwar where she moved to work in 2012. She has been teaching for a total of five years and is currently the Acting Senior Teacher at Numbulwar School. In 2013 she won a Commonwealth Bank Foundation award for teaching financial literacy to her secondary students.
Selena established the ‘Second Chance Shop’ in Numbulwar to raise funds for student volunteering trips and to teach fiscal responsibility of a business to her secondary students. The enterprise has successfully funded two senior students’ trips to Cambodia, giving students the chance to experience a unique culture and build houses with local families from rural underprivileged regions.
Selena was recognised for her hard work and dedication in 2014 when she received the NT Award for Excellence in Teaching or Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in both the Arnhem region and as the overall category winner across the NT.
Selena loves the Territory and wants to improve the quality of life for all Territorians no matter where they live.
Selena is also an avid soccer fan and has played for over 16 years.
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