Contributors

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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 is passionate about education, training and career development.
Since commencing employment, Leah has undertaken work in complementary areas that includes: corporate training, teaching in the tertiary sector, and career counselling clients from a range of backgrounds. She is a published writer of two books and freelance writer for newspapers and professional publications.
Leah commenced her career as a teacher in the TAFE system in 1985, and has been training for over 25 years. When facilitating training programs, Leah applies a range of experiential interactive learning techniques to cater to a range of learning styles, participant needs and energy levels. She brings her enthusiasm; empathy and sense of fun to all her training sessions.
Leah is a published author of two books: Job Applications: The Winning Edge 1993, which has sold nationally and overseas, with a second edition published in 1998, and Communication In The Workplace, 1996 published by Macmillan Education Australia.

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.
Leah is a qualified Career Counsellor, Career and Life Coach, assisting individuals to achieve both their professional and personal goals to lead a positive and fulfilled life.
Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.
Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA), a professional member of Australian Career Professionals International (ACPi-Aus).
Leah has attained international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification.




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.




Lubna Haddad

Teacher Training and Student Workshops

Lubna is an experienced and passionate teacher of History and Legal Studies. She has been Head of Department for 10 years, and has been heavily involved in teacher training, having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership (UNSW). Lubna has marked HSC MH since 2002, SC History for 5 years and was appointed Judge for SC History/Geography examination in 2010/11. She has also presented at the National HHTA Conference on Leni Riefenstahl and Germany as the national study. Her current focus is delivering student HSC revision seminars, source analysis and essay writing workshops in schools as well as online tutoring. For the last few years, she has succeeded in invigorating and differentiating the history curriculum for her students with responsible use of ICTs and to suit multiple intelligences. She is also very keen on sharing strategies to aid new teachers in delivering HSC Ancient and Modern History.




Maria Gaudioso

Italian teacher and tour leader

Maria is a teacher of Italian and has a passion for Italy and it’s culture. She has a Bachelor of Education in primary teaching and a Masters of Arts in International Studies. Maria has studied in Italy in both Lecce and Siena. She has worked in both the public and private systems as well as in adult education for COASIT.

Maria has successfully lead Italian Language and Culture Tours and believes in the educational benefits such trips bring to the classroom and in the development of a holistic student. Maria is keen to share her knowledge in planning and running a successful tour. She is currently teaching at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College.




Martina Holland

project management, classroom management, evidence-based teaching and learning strategies

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Matt Wadewitz

Matthew specialises in the areas of coaching, observation and feedback

Matthew is a charismatic speaker and an inspirational academic leader. In recent years Matthew has developed a reputation as a Learning Environment Researcher. He has been and is currently working in collaboration with Curtin University.
Matthew specialises in the areas of coaching, observation and feedback. He is the only teacher on the AITSL Teacher Expert Standing Committee. Having received certification as an AITSL Lead Teacher in 2014 he was until recently the only Lead Teacher in South Australia in the private sector.




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 over a decade working in both the public and private education sectors.

She has authored 4 books, developed numerous resources for teachers and principals, and has spoken extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe. Her passion is to train and inspire educators to help make the teaching journey even more enjoyable.

Megan is committed to lifelong learning and having completed her undergraduate degree and an Honours degree, is currently completing her PhD in Public Speaking.

Megan consistently receives positive feedback as a presenter – she is dynamic, informative and inspiring.

“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 in Philadelphia, USA.




Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle (B.A. Grad. Dip Teach. B.Ed. M.Ed.St. M. Rel Ed.) has 20 years experience in education and has taught a wide range of subjects to Year 12 level. At St John Fisher College, he was Subject Co-ordinator for Drama and SOSE. Michael served for ten years on the Drama Panel for Brisbane North, the last three of which he was Panel Chair. In this role he reviewed school submissions and reviewed work programs. During this time, Michael also served on the Accreditation Committee for the Queensland Arts Council.
Currently, Michael is Assistant Principal at Assisi Catholic College, a master planned P-12 college on the northern Gold Coast which opened in 2005. Previous to this appointment, Michael was employed as an Education Officer with Brisbane Catholic Education where he worked with Primary and Secondary schools and provided professional development to teachers. Michael has been involved in the presentation of teacher workshops and seminars and is actively involved in Drama teacher networks through professional associations. He has served on the Drama Queensland Management Committee as well as presenting workshops at Drama Queensland and Drama Australia conferences, as well as the 2004 IDEA Conference in Ottawa, Canada. He has written a variety of papers for publication and wrote curriculum notes for the Queensland Arts Council production of Children of the Blackskirt which toured many states. He was also appointed to The Arts Syllabus Advisory Committee for the Queensland Studies Authority.




Michael Griffin

Specialist in fostering intrinsic motivation environments and expert achievement.

Michael Griffin is an educator, speaker, author, conductor and pianist.
Michael Griffin has enjoyed a range of educational roles and experiences in Australia, and throughout the world. Griffin’s talks are inspired by theory of motivation and the premise that the greatest predictor of progress – music and otherwise – is the quality and the quantity of practice time. Indeed, his latest book Learning Strategies for Musical Success investigates these concepts in some detail providing pragmatic solutions for music teachers and students. Griffin also presents to full staffs and student bodies on essential learning dispositions that lead to expert learning. He has spoken to groups of staff, students, parents and community audiences in more than 270 schools and conferences in 25 countries. This includes schools of the calibre of Eton, Ardingly, Headington and Cranleigh (UK), United World College South East Asia, Nanyang Girls HS (Singapore), ISL (Luxembourg) and Geelong Grammar School (Australia).
Griffin has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at several global education events including the 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 (Oman and Dubai), Qatar Foundation, Spring Cantus Salisburgensis Festival (Austria), Hampshire Music Service (UK), Association Genevoise des Ecoles Privées (Switzerland), ASME WA and numerous MTA, ANCA and local conferences throughout Australia. He has been an invited guest at the New Horizons adult education program in Rochester NY, and has consulted for Cambridge University Press designing music education curriculum for 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 one of Australia’s major choral prizes, the Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2004. Griffin has adjudicated at several eisteddfods and been guest conductor for major events including the 2014 Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival, and several events in Switzerland, Asia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Earlier leadership experiences in SA included stints as Musical Director for Pirates of Penzance (G&S Society, Adelaide), Catholic Schools Music Festival, Adelaide Boys Choir, and the Brighton School Choirs – at that time considered among the best school choirs in Australia. In 2006 Griffin was awarded the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize, and is listed in the inaugural Who’s Who South Australia for 2007 and also in 2008 for services to music education.
As well as the widely acclaimed Learning Strategies for Musical Success, Griffin is the author of four other music education books. As a pianist, Griffin has held guest residencies at Dubai’s Burj al Arab and repeat invitations to Australia’s world-class resort, Hayman Island. Classical piano recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014). As a teacher in schools, Griffin has held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level.




Michelle Nemec

Committed to Developing Future Leaders

Michelle has a rich and expansive career in education. She is the National Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Professional Learning Consultant (PLC) for Teacher Training Australia (TTA), and contributes to the quality assurance processes at TTA. Michelle is also an Associate with Cambridge Education.

Michelle is passionate about teachers' capacity to impact positively on the lives of young people.

She has experience as an educational leader in K-12 schooling in NSW and internationally. Michelle has held positions including those of Principal, Deputy Principal, and Head of Senior School (Year 7-12) as well as Senior Education Consultant and Lecturer in a range of education jurisdictions.

She is an author, syllabus writer, and executive coach. Michelle has presented papers and workshops at national and international conferences. She is an experienced educational consultant in areas such as curriculum, pastoral care, academic care, professional learning, and pedagogy.

As a Teacher Quality Consultant at the Association of Independent School NSW Michelle was integral to the development of an online professional practice review and development system for teachers and school leaders.

Her doctoral studies at the Institute of Positive Psychology & Education (ACU) focused on positive psychology.




Miles Campbell

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




Modfab

Training in new technologies

Founded by Ben Roberts, an Electronics Engineer, Electronics Trade Certificate, Associate Diploma in Electronics Engineering, Cert IV: Computer Graphics and Animation, Cert IV: Training and Assessment (TAE40110 incl. TAELLN411), and Heike Roberts, a professional teacher, Bachelor of Education, Cert IV: Training and Assessment (TAE40110 incl. TAELLN411), BA (Interpreting & Translation). Modfab self-funded two pilot programs in Illawarra schools. The first was at Figtree High School where three 3D printers, consumables and training were supplied. Perceiving the needs of teachers when dealing with new technology, Modfab also generated a suite of training materials and ready to go lessons, so that the teachers could incorporate the 3D printers into their curriculum planning more easily.
The second Pilot program was run at Figtree Heights Public School to gain some insight on how 3D printing could be utilised in the K-6 years NSW Syllabus. Both of these pilot programs were a great success, and allowed Modfab to further tailor its training and lesson content to suit primary and secondary schools. Modfab’s activities gained the attention of NSW State Training who agreed to assist in running a pilot program to train teachers in 3D printing. This resulted in fourteen candidates from primary school, secondary school and TAFE, gaining nationally recognised training in 3D printing. From then Modfab has trained over 45 teachers from TAFE, high School and primary school, and provided training support and after sales support to over 23 schools.
Modfab also runs holiday workshops at the Wollongong Science Centre, and a 3D Printing and CAD Modelling Course: Become a Maker – Early Learning Labs (a holiday program for gifted and talented students), (Years 5 – 6 Only) and Learning Labs (Years 7- 10 only) at the University of Wollongong.
Modfab has been endorsed as a training provider by BOSTES and completing the “Comprehensive 3D Printing and 3D CAD Modelling: From STEM to STREAHMD course will contribute 10 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 4.4.2, 4.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.




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

Natasha Siryj is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked in a variety of settings for over 10 years. She is passionate about creating a better understanding of, and supporting, gifted children. 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 students.
Natasha has 2 children, both have been identified as gifted. This provides her with a unique insight into the gifted child. Natasha appreciates and understands the challenges and needs of gifted children in our current education system from both the teacher, and parent, perspective.
Ms. Siryj is also a trained Primary and Secondary teacher, and has conducted research into Giftedness in the Early Years and teachers’ perceptions via Monash university.




Natasha Wilmann

Youth Health Education for the whole community

Natasha is a Youth Health Education expert and founder of “Youth Health Education”. Natasha utilises a holistic approach examining all areas of health such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural and spiritual health. Natasha tackles youth health issues by confronting those once, uncomfortable topics, such as sexuality, sexual harassment, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, peer pressure, violence and many more, in a professional, educational and interactive way thereby eradicating community stigma, stereotypes and myths which impact youth health outcomes.

Natasha’s academic background includes exercise physiology, nutrition and sport psychology, Post graduate in Secondary Teaching with a focus on bullying, violence, stress and peer pressure and a Masters in Youth Health Education and Management.

Natasha’s passion and commitment to continued success for positive outcomes is through a whole community approach. Therefore Natasha works with school staff, sporting organisations, parents and students in a positive, holistic way.

Natasha provides a unique perspective having not only the academic background and working with Australian Football League (AFL), Northern League AFL, local councils, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group and Volleyball Victoria, but also having many lived experiences as an elite athlete, living with disability and chronic illness and many years of teaching and coaching Victorian sporting teams.