MY NAME IS JANE BIRRELL AND I AM AN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN MELBOURNE.
I come from a big family of six and I am the youngest of four. I was born in Perth but grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I love dogs and have a golden retriever. I love fashion, art and food. I completed a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and have just begun my teaching career.
I know four for other Janes.
My Dad jokes around and says he has a previous girlfriend called Jane and that is why I became Jane (Mum reminds me that she was a nutter, so that’s not all that comforting). Mum has a lovely friend called Jane and said she was warm and graceful and she is someone that I look up to.
In primary school I was the only Jane and I thought that was the coolest thing ever, there were about 350 students and only one Jane. Jane is an easy name, I think that’s a bonus.
Growing up I also liked the name Brooke, there is something perfect and beautiful about it, although it may be all those years of American high school shows that have forced me to believe that!
Worst thing about being a Jane is getting referred to as plain Jane, the awful Tarzan and Jane pick up lines, hearing my name being called out, it just sounds so boring, everyone thinking I say ‘Jade’ when I order something. Sometimes I just agree and say ‘yes it's Jade’ because its easier.
The Spanish alphabet doesn’t have a ‘J’ sound, instead this is pronounced as a ‘Sh’ sound so in Argentina I was often referred to as Shane, very amusing times.
I agreed to part of this project because I find it inspiring to celebrate the many different Janes who are here to tell their story.
I'm not plain Jane ... I'm brave Jane and ready to explore the world!