Sport has always been a major influence in Margie’s life, with basketball being her chosen sport. Margie played College basketball in the USA whilst she completed an Exercise and Sports Science degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was here Margie realised the gap in understanding her own country’s history.
On returning to South Australia, she then completed a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master’s degree in Aboriginal studies. Margie began her teaching career at Le Fevre High school and has been teaching for over 18 years.
As a non-Aboriginal educator, Margie see’s Aboriginal studies as more than a subject and is committed to teaching in respectful and culturally appropriate ways. Through building authentic relationships with Aboriginal people and by listening, learning and valuing the diversity of Aboriginal people’s experiences. Margie has become one of the lead teachers in Aboriginal studies across SA.
Margie was the recipient of the HASS Aboriginal Studies teaching award three times and three of her students received Merit awards for being the top student in the state three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019).
Margie Tilbrook was born and raised on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia and lives by the beach with her partner Simon and their three amazing children.
Warndu Education is a collaboration between Warndu co-founder Damien Coulthard and Margie. It is the composition of their combined experiences in the Education arena and their desire for all Australians to develop a wider understanding of our shared history and gain a deeper respect for Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Warndu Education epitomizes Warndu’s mission to REGENERATE culture, tradition, community, health, seas and soils and the principle of ‘looking to the past to protect our future’.