Contributors

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Fiona Dobrijevich

Visual Arts educator, Artist, Lecturer

I have a long successful studio practice and a teaching practice of over 30 years. I love teaching primary school teachers ways of engaging with contemporary and traditional ar,t so that they are confident in the classroom to engage with a range of artworks and techniques.




Garry Hol

An expert practitioner who wants to encourage, develop, support and empower teachers in their careers

An experienced HSC teacher for over 15 years, Garry’s expertise in English has come from a foundational love of literature and learning. He currently lectures HSC students, provides inservice training for teachers and spends large amounts of time attempting to inspire teenagers to engage with literature through teaching English at the Illawarra Christian School on the picturesque South Coast. He also enjoys tripping to the city on occasion and most weekends will find him performing rock and blues music in venues up and down the coast.




Glen Pearsall

Engaging & Effective Classroom Practice

Glen Pearsall was a Leading Teacher at Eltham High School and a Board member of the Curriculum Assessment Authority. Glen is the co-author of Literature for Life and Work Right and the author of Classroom Dynamics and the best-selling And Gladly Teach.

He works throughout Australia as an educational consultant, specialising in classroom management, engagement and workload reduction strategies for teachers.

He has a particular interest in the work of graduate and pre-service teachers and has worked as a seminar leader and research fellow at the Centre for Youth Research. Glen’s ebook The Top Ten Strategic Questions for Teachers has just been translated into Khmer for Cambodian teachers.

His latest book The Literature Toolbox features over fifty strategies for exploring text.






Green Light Education

A New Perspective

Founded by Dr. Rich Allen, Green Light Education applies the latest theories in accelerated learning, educational psychology and brain-based teaching to help educators and executives teach, communicate, motivate and facilitate more effectively




Greg Heidke

Greg Heike has been the principal of three Queensland state high schools in his career: Charleville SHS, Kilcoy SHS and Kelvin Grove SHS. Greg was a Senior Officer of Education Queensland in the Metropolitan East Region, serving as School Support Coordinator-Valley. In this role, he led the provision of professional development, and coordinated support services, to over thirty schools in central Brisbane, including all sectors (primary, secondary and special schools).Greg was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his work in education and in middle schooling.




Helen Mills

Helen initially worked as a LOTE teacher in primary schools in WA. Her interest in gifted education led to a position with the Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program in 2000. This became permanent in 2004. In 2010, Helen completed her Master’s degree in Education with Monash University, specializing in gifted education. Helen’s philosophy is that, as teachers, we have a responsibility to give students the skills and knowledge to become autonomous and adventurous learners with an understanding of their world and how they can contribute to its improvement.




James Anderson

Engaging and thoughtful

James Anderson is the director and principal consultant of Mindful by Design. An experienced and successful teacher, James began working with Art Costa’s Habits of Mind in his own classroom in 2000. James is a highly experienced and engaging presenter with experience at all levels of schooling from early learning through to tertiary.

Check out the Habits of Mind website




James Jenkins

James, is an experienced teacher of Chemistry and Biology and is currently the Head of Middle School Science at Canterbury College, South of Brisbane. James has a Masters degree in Science Education and has taught science in the state and independent sectors in Australia and overseas. His areas of interest include student motivation and engagement and the incorporation of technology into science teaching. James is passionate about incorporating technology in ways that enhance teaching and learning. In addition to his teaching, James has worked on a variety of projects designed to boost student achievement and improve scientific literacy. He is currently writing innovative units of work to fit with the Australian Science Curriculum.




Janet Rentz

Janet Rentz has been an art educator for thirty years, having completed undergraduate and Masters degrees in design and art education and embarking on PhD study. Starting as a classroom teacher, Janet then headed up departments in two NSW secondary schools. Following this, Janet became an educator for museums and galleries, devising art programs for school students. After this Janet became the NSW Visual Arts Consultant for DET, implementing the new visual arts syllabus, training teachers and developing support resources. She has lectured in art education at UNSW College of Fine Arts and UTS. She is currently writing art programs for distance education and giving workshops for NAS HSC students.




Jennifer McIntosh

PDHPE Leader of Learning

Teaching 22 years
LOL – 15 years
HSC marker – 16 years




Jennifer Michalski

As an education and learning consultant, Jennifer Michalski is Director of her own company Michalski Mentoring

Jennifer Michalski has been involved in education at international, national, state, regional and local level, with executive management and teaching experience at tertiary, secondary and primary levels.
www.michalskimentoring.com




Jill Healy-Quintard

Teaching background, special needs, dance, drama, fitness, wellness,Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Mindfulness,

I began teaching in the 1970’s, while also studying Yoga Nidra (the waking sleep). I brought this into my large classrooms of primary aged children and found that 10 minutes daily was of great benefit to each child as well as for me as a teacher. I later became a teacher of the deaf and coordinator of the Chatswood Shepherd Centre, in the 1990’s. During this time and later at Chatswood Primary School I began teaching a combination of Yoga, Dance and Yoga Nidra to enhance learning, focus on sound, rhythm and also provide time to relax for these hearing impaired students.Since then I have defined my way of teaching and run programs for the general public and Schools through my Fitness and Wellness business, Body and Balance. I provide Yoga Nidra and YogaPilates Fusion programs in schools. This is a balance of cardio, stretch, strength, posture and Yoga Nidra.




Jim Coyle

Inspiring Music Educator

Jim Coyle is a music educator with over twenty years teaching experience. His aim is to engage and inspire students from kindergarten through HSC and into tertiary studies.

Jim is a well-known figure in New South Wales music education; he is a regular keynote presenter at Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music seminars. Jim is also the author of a large number of published classroom resources for students from primary school to year twelve and in 2015 began doctoral research at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

www.jimcoylemusic.com




Jim Sturgiss

Aligning practice for better outcomes.

Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)




Jo Moss

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Joanne Blannin

Passionate about Literacy Education and ICT as a tool for learning

Joanne Blannin is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education focusing on the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, Joanne is also the full-time ICT Coordinator at Laburnum Primary School in Victoria. Joanne presents across the country on the use of Web 2.0 tools, digital literacy and interactive whiteboards. Her aim is to help teachers bridge the gap between their own and their students’ use and understanding of technology.




Joanne Manning

Joanne Manning is an experienced educator working in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and English for over 20 years. Passionate about motivating students to develop a love for the English literature and language, Joanne has sought to integrate a number of research-based pedagogical methods into classroom practice. The integration of Strategies-based practices has informed her teaching of reading and creative writing. Joanne has pursued further studies in English teaching through Columbia University Teachers' College, studying a number of models of thinking. Joanne has presented on a range of topics regarding English, Differentiation, Learning Enhancement, Creative Writing and Teaching and Learning areas across all sectors of education. She holds a PhD in English literature.




Jonathan Dunbier

Versatile Vector Graphics

Jonathan is a TAS teacher who loves to see his students become passionate about great design and typography. He has over fifteen years experience with Adobe Illustrator and has a passion for creating clean and versatile vector artwork. Jonathan completed a Bachelor of Design and Technology, choosing to major in Industrial Graphics and Design Management. He likes to keep himself occupied by constantly completing design work on the side, including clothing designs, corporate image, and the odd wedding invitation. He continues to marvel at the design possibilities of Lego and loves searching for new additions to his music library.




Judy Lovas

Evidence based Relaxation Therapy for Principals, Teachers and Students

Dr Judy Lovas presents unique seminars that explain the art and science of evidence based relaxation therapy. Judy’s passion is to teach simple relaxation skills to enhance physical and psychological well being. These presentations provide effective and easy ways to include relaxation into daily life.

Judy also teaches Psychology, Psychoneuroimmunology and Relaxation Therapies in the secondary, tertiary and corporate sector.




Karina Barley

Taking education into the 21st Century

Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.