Contributors

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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.




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.




Leah Shmerling

Career counsellor/coach, Course Facilitator, Retirement Coach

Leah Shmerling is the Director and Principal Consultant of Career Coaching and Training, and is a Certified Retirement Coach. She is passionate about education, training and career development. With numerous higher level and vocational qualifications, and over thirty years’ experience in career development, education and training, she brings professionalism and depth of understanding to mentoring and professional development, career counselling and coaching, job seeking and retirement coaching.

Since commencing employment, Leah has undertaken work in complementary areas that includes: corporate training, teaching in the tertiary sector and vocational training, and career counselling/coaching clients from a range of backgrounds and levels.

Leah is a Workshop Leader for Small Business Victoria, facilitating programs across Victoria. For many years, she has facilitated training programs for professional associations that include: the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), CPA, the Australian Retailers Association of Victoria, and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Leah is the developer, writer and producer of two online short courses: Mentoring and Development, and Foundations in Career Development Practice (incorporating CHCSS00005 Career Development Practice Skill Set).
Mentoring and development supports the professional practice of those who are seeking to unlock their potential for higher level performance. The process enhances professional learning and insight to reach a higher level of understanding to integrate into your work, as a process of continuous improvement.

The Foundations in Career Development (incorporating CHCSS00005 Career Development Practice Skill Set) course. The course provides individuals with a career development framework and ethical standards, designed to complement the professional practice of those who work or seek to work in careers, employment, education and training services, human resources, or industry specialist services.

With a strong writing background, Leah is a published author with Macmillan Education Australia of two books titled: Job Applications: The Winning Edge 1993, which sold nationally and overseas, with a second edition published in 1998, and Communication In The Workplace, 1996, using a competency based approach for the TAFE and professional market.

For many years, Leah has worked as a freelance journalist and has written for The Age – Education, Employment and Business, and is a former columnist and freelance writer with the Herald Sun – Learn. Leah has also written professional and business publications. Currently, Leah is a Published Writer on LinkedIn, and online professional publications.

Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, a number of Diploma qualifications in Vocational Educational Training, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.

Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA). She has international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification. Leah is a Certified Retirement Coach with Retirement Options.




Lindsay Moss

Lindsay is the founder and director of StarTime Studios. He is currently undertaking a Master’s in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, completing a thesis on how the movie making process develops collaborative skills in students. He has over 20 years working as a producer, director, actor and educator.

Lindsay has an unwavering enthusiasm and dedication to inspiring young people, creatively enhancing their learning and educational experiences. This passion is at the core of StarTime’s vision, and has guided the company to become the industry leader in bringing green screen movie making programs into hundreds of classrooms, all across Australia.




Liz Germani

Passionate in supporting colleagues

Liz is an educator with over 30 years experience. She has trained as an Information Technology VET and Visual Art teacher. As a teacher at Wyndham College for many years, she also spent a year full time as the ARTEXPRESS Digital Studio Trainer running workshops all over NSW and consulting with teachers across Visual Arts, TAS and Primary. She has experience as a HSC marker in Digital Media and has been involved in many projects including ICT Quality Teaching and Gifted and Talented workshops. Liz has been a presenter in the digital media area for 20 years, working with TTA in the last 8 years as well as leading the team to program professional learning opportunities for teachers across Australia.




Loretta Visser

As a voice coach my aim is to enable people to make the most of their unique voice.

Loretta Visser has been teaching Drama for over 20 years, having now taught from K – 12 as both a teacher and a department leader. A qualified voice teacher (NIDA) since 2005, she has conducted voice and acting workshops for the NIDA Open Program, and various Drama Education associations and universities. Her book 'The Teacher’s Voice' was published in early 2006.




Lubna Haddad

All things History, and teaching!

Lubna passionately taught History and Legal Studies for 17 years, marked the HSC and SC marking and judging. She also worked for 10 years as Head of HSIE, and loved being involved in teacher training and mentoring, particularly focused on curriculum and assessment implementation. Most recently, Lubna focused on students’ essay writing and HOT skills and runs HSC revision seminars, and online tutoring and mentoring.
Currently, Lubna is focused on developing additional Modern History courses, face to face and online, and is proudly assisting teachers and support staff through her work at the Independent Education Union (NSW/ACT).




Mark Finlayson

Leader of Creative Arts with 35 years continuous experience in the classroom

I have teaching in High School for 36 years (34 at my current school) I have been the Leader of (Head Teacher) Creative Arts for 10 of those years. I am also the Director of an Educational document consultancy business and have been working in collaboration with Swinburne Uni to develop PD courses for both face to face and online delivery. I specialise in Photography (both digital and analog and have been teaching both Art and Photography for my entire career. I am also a freelance photographer and have had my work published in both national and international forums.




Matthew Esterman

A lover of learning who is always on the look out for better ways to do it.

Matt is a passionate educator and lifelong learner from NSW who has spent over a decade in the classroom teaching History, English and a smattering of other things. He holds a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Learning Science and Technology. He is currently a Teaching and Learning Integrator at Trinity Grammar School, helping connect students and teachers with the dazzling amount of resources and services now available at the tips of our fingers. Matt is a member of several professional associations and is a founder of TeachMeets in Australia. His interests include innovative curriculum design and pedagogy, mindful use of technology to support learning, and the design of contemporary learning spaces and schools. Matt has received numerous awards for his work within and outside of schools.




Megan Dredge

Speaker. Author. Educator.

Megan is a passionate and inspiring presenter, who has spent two decades teaching in both the public and private education sectors.

Megan is committed to helping students aim higher, reach further, and learn stronger. She not only teaches students, she also teaches teachers – running high quality Professional Development programs on a regular basis.

She has authored four books, developed numerous resources for teachers, and most recently developed the education resources for the ABC’s sustainability series, Project Planet.

She has spoken extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe and is currently the Global Leadership Coach for Propel Women, actively training over 4000 leaders in 44 nations around the world.

Megan is a Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide and also for the GERRIC Gifted and Talented Program at the University of New South Wales.

Whether it’s in the classroom, the boardroom or the marketplace, Megan is passionate about communicating for life change.

She’s been married to Rohan since 1997 and they have two beautiful children, Zarriah and Maddox.

Megan loves all things Italian; loves to read, travel and drink coffee; and would always choose the ‘room with a view’.

“I look forward to meeting you at my next course and learning from your incredible journey as a teacher.” Megan




Mel Hayde

Author, Speaker and Teacher.

I am a Mathematics teacher with over 15 years experience.

I have written three books on parenting with combined sales of 20 000.

I have spoken to parent groups across Australia for over 20 years.

I am an on-line Recitation Instructor for the Christian Counselling Education Foundation and Westminster Theological Seminar in Philadelphia, USA.




Michael Griffin

Mindset, metacognition, intrinsic motivation, expert skill development.

Michael Griffin is an educator, keynote speaker, author and pianist.

Griffin’s talks to staff, students and parents, examine the factors that impact continuous improvement toward exceptional achievement. Whilst a learning mindset provides the autonomous volition to embark upon this journey, the greatest influence of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of effort, or in musical terminology – practice time. Indeed, Griffin’s books Children and Learning – For Parents and Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in detail providing pragmatic solutions for parents, general teachers and music teachers.

Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on teacher/student mindsets, metacognition, intrinsic motivation and deliberate practice. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents, corporate and community audiences in more than 400 settings in 30 countries throughout the world. A full list of client schools can be accessed here.

Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS, Dubai) European Council for International Schools (Hamburg and Nice), Association of International Schools Africa Educators' Conference (South Africa), English Schools’ Foundation (Hong Kong), International Educators Conference (Brunei), APEP Member Schools Conference (Thailand), British Schools of the Middle East Arts Conference (Dubai and Oman), Qatar Music Academy (Doha), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), Maryborough Music Conference (QLD, Australia) to name but a selection. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in New York State and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing curriculum for the government of Kazakhstan.

As a conductor, Griffin’s choral ensembles have received more than 40 prizes and awards (half of these first prizes) in Australian competitions including Australia’s top choral prize at the time, the Australasian Open Choral Championship. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He is a recipient of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia.

As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of several music education books including Bumblebee! Rounds & Warm-up for Choirs and Modern Harmony Method. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab as well as repeat invitations to Australia’s Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.




Michael Zadro

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Miles Campbell

Quality teacher resources - every time

My employment history includes eighteen years within the education sector, first as a hands-on teacher and later as the founder of an educational services company, TTA. Prior to this, I worked as a professional engineer.

By means of collaboration between TTA and Trainer Platform, we have successfully developed Australia’s premier service for enabling the professional development of teachers and school leaders all across the country.

My core areas of expertise and main interests are in systems development and education, and my current project is to launch Worklearner.com

The Worklearner.com vision is a world where every worker reaches their potential through learning

The Worklearner.com goal is to build the worlds leading marketplace for quality, accredited, work related learning




Morris Needleman

Morris has previously occupied the position of Head of Mathematics and Mathematics Technology at Reddam House, Kincoppal Rose Bay and The Emanuel School in Sydney. Qualified with an M.A. in pure mathematics and a B. Ed. (maths), Morris has experience teaching in a wide variety of schools and has delivered many professional development courses for mathematics teachers both in Australia and overseas. Morris was recognised in 2006 with an Outstanding National Achievement for Excellence by a Teacher the National Awards for Quality Schooling. Morris has also been designated by Apple as a Distinguished Educator.




Nadene Kennedy

Nadene is a passionate educator who has experience as a classroom teacher, Head Teacher, Highly Accomplished Teacher and Deputy Principal. She is the founder of Enrich Education (www.enricheducation.org.au). Nadene has worked as a curriculum writer and adviser for both the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). She is accredited with NESA as a Lead Teacher and received a Professional Teachers’ Council Outstanding Professional Service Award for her involvement with ACHPER NSW. Nadene completed her Bachelor of Secondary Education (Human Movement & Health) at The University of Sydney and also has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training with TAFE NSW.




Natasha Siryj

Gifted, giftedness, gifted and talented, early childhood, primary, neurodiverse, neurodiversities, vulnerable children, play, risk,

Natasha Siryj is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked in a variety of settings for over 10 years, including early childhood and specialised educational contexts supporting vulnerable children and their families. Natasha is passionate about supporting children to achieve positive educational outcomes. Further to this she is passionate about creating a better understanding of and supporting children with neurodiversities. A particular passion is giftedness. Natasha is enthusiastic about educating teachers regarding all things gifted. She aims to assist others to form a better understanding of what giftedness actually is, as well as educating about appropriate strategies for supporting gifted and twice exceptional students.
Natasha has 2 children, both identified as gifted. This provides her with a unique insight into the gifted child. She appreciates and understands the challenges and needs of gifted children in our current education system from both the teacher and parent perspective.
Further areas of interest include educational systems, as well as risk taking and the importance of play in the Early Years.
Ms. Siryj is also a qualified Primary and Secondary teacher, and has conducted research into Giftedness in the Early Years via Monash university.




Nazim Khan

Maths Teacher with Passion for Technology Integration, Data Analysis and Modelling

I am an enthusiastic Mathematics teacher, passionate about integrating technology and real-life data in Mathematics teaching and learning. My specialist fields are Mathematics and Statistics in which I have over 18 years of teaching and 2 years of research experience.

My teaching experience involved over 13 years at various secondary schools and 5 years at various tertiary institutes in Australia and Fiji. Further, for 2 years I have worked at the Australian National University as a Research Assistant.

At secondary school level I have taught Mathematics from Years 7 to 12, and have also been a pastoral care teacher and member of various school committees. At tertiary level, I have taught Mathematics and Statistics (undergraduate level), and Biostatistics (undergraduate and postgraduate levels) via both face-to-face and distance education modes. My other experiences at tertiary level included reviewing and development of courses in Biostatistics, providing statistical advice to students and staff undertaking research, and membership of various staff committees. As a Research Assistant at ANU, I have been involved in analysis of large datasets and preparation of statistical reports.




Neil Kusi-Appauh

I am passionate about teaching.

Neil has degrees in (Science) Psychology and Economics, a Diploma of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is currently Head Teacher Social Science at Five Islands Secondary College and works as a Masters of Education HSIE methods lecturer for Wollongong University. He has extensive experience as a HSC marker in Business Studies and Society and Culture as well as serving as SOM and Senior Marker in Legal Studies, was a member of the Legal Studies syllabus writing team, runs HSC student lectures teacher seminars and has authored Preliminary and HSC texts.




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