Kerry has been teaching biosciences and mathematics for twenty years, having a background in science, science education, and educational psychology. Initially majoring in microbiology and biochemistry, she worked in laboratories in the meat, cereal, and sugar industries before becoming a secondary science and mathematics teacher. Kerry moved into education after experience working in schools as a youth minister in the Kimberley in the late 1990s.
As more evidence emerged about the way people learn, Kerry became increasingly interested in the learning sciences (an intersection of education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience), along with mindfulness as a wellbeing and cognitive practice, which eventually led to her studying a Master of Education in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice. Kerry follows the research coming from the Queensland Brain Institute's Science of Learning Research Centre. One of her main passions continues to be teaching students how to learn effectively, using the learning sciences to build their confidence and success as learners. With experience teaching in both secondary and tertiary education sectors, in Australia, England, and the United States, Kerry eventually moved into tertiary teaching and research fulltime at CQUniversity in the School of Access Education.