Contributors

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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 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.




Kathleen Duquemin

A passionate Japanese teacher with a yen for technology.

I have taught Japanese across private, catholic and government schools from Foundation to Yr 12. I am currently teaching Foundation to Year 6 students and use both iPads and Web 2.0 tools to engage students and enhance the learning experience. I believe iPads and Web 2.0 Tools provide Language Teachers with a powerful and innovative tool to add to their teaching toolbox, and empower them to become technological trend-setters.




Kim Wilson

My passions are History & Leadership

Kim has been a Head of Department for 10 years. She has experience in leading a very small department of 4 history teachers and more recently a very large department of 17 HSIE teachers (History, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography and Studies of Religion). She is an experienced teacher of junior and senior History and has delivered many professional development courses. In 2005, Kim was recognized with a NSW Quality Teacher Award. More recently she has been awarded a doctorate from Macquarie University, her research focused on historical fiction for children and young adult readers. She has a number of publications including, her book, ‘Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers: The Past Through Modern Eyes’.




Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia

Award winning educator

Kirsty helps teachers grow in their profession. She is the Head of Professional Development at Cool Australia, inspiring hundreds of educators each year. Kirsty shares her 15+ years of teaching and training experience. In her courses, she creates a dynamic space for teachers to be creative and curious. She builds teacher confidence and makes information relevant, helpful and powerful. Kirsty also has a background in communication and talking to people about change.




Kirsty Watts

Integrating technology into the classroom

Kirsty is one of the owners and consultants for Ubitec Educational Consultants who specialise in ICT Professional Development for schools. Kirsty is also the Academic Dean of Technology & eLearning at Kilvington Grammar School and is focused on integrating technology into all levels of education. She is a Mathematics and IT teacher and has been integral in the implementation of the 1:1 iPad program at Kilvington.

Kirsty has a Bachelors degree in both Science, with a Major in Mathematical Modelling and Secondary Teaching. She also has a Masters of Information and Communication Technology in Education.




Kurt Schweinberger

So you have been asked to put on the school Musical? You are the only music teacher and you have 6 weeks! GO!

Kurt Schweinberger is a graduate of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and the University of Canberra where he majored in Voice and Piano. For over 20 years Kurt has pursued a passion for theatre both on and off the stage and as part of his role within the classroom. During this time he has been mentored and worked with some leading industry specialists including: Victoria Watson, Jennifer Barnes, Francine Bell, Michael Martin and Rachael Beck. For the past 10 years Kurt has been a music teacher in Canberra and Sydney. Currently he is teaching music at Pymble Ladies College and as part of his role within the College has directed productions of Beauty and the Beast, Chicago and in 2015 will direct Hairpsray. In addition, he has worked as Creative Director for many theatrical events within the College.




Lanie Campbell, PhD

Lani has extensive experience working in the disability and education sectors. She worked for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) soon after its launch in 2013 until 2016. Lani’s background is as a speech pathologist and she has a PhD in evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. Lani now works as a consultant, workshop facilitator, researcher and university lecturer. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Disability and Community Research Group at the University of Sydney.




Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to teach. From the beginning of her career in 2001, she strove to understand what was at the basis of good teaching and learning.

Lauren spent many of her early years of teaching in brand new schools, where the exploration of best practice was at the forefront. Lauren undertook a variety of leadership roles from curriculum to professional learning to student management. She also joined the Faculty of Education at Deakin University to work with pre-service teachers.

In 2010, Lauren became an Assistant Principal, but missed her role in the classroom. She now wants to focus more on teaching and learning, and contributing to developing professional networks of teachers committed to best practice.