Contributors

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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’.




Kirsten Norgate

Kirsten is an experienced educator who has worked across the State, Catholic and Independent sectors. She has worked as a classroom teacher and learning support teacher across Prep – 7. Kirsten has also worked in several middle management positions and coaching roles with a focus on planning for the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. In addition to working with teachers, Kirsten continues to teach in the classroom which enables her the opportunity to put theory into practice.




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.




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

All things History, teacher training and student workshops.

Lubna passionately taught History and Legal Studies for 17 years, marked the HSC as well as SC marking and judging. She has presented at the National AHTA Conference on Leni Riefenstahl and Germany. Lubna worked for 10 years as Head of HSIE, and was heavily involved with teacher training and mentoring, particularly focused on curriculum and assessment implementation and differentiation. Most recently, Lubna focused on students’ essay writing and HOT skills and runs HSC revision seminars, skills workshops and online tutoring.
Currently, Lubna is working at the Independent Education Union (NSW/ACT) and is part of Educational Issues and Women’s committees.




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.




Marie Louise

Master educator & program developer at Evolve Yourself Institute (NESA accredited self-awareness, self-care programs; reduce & prevent stress, anxiety & burnout)

Marie Louise has been practicing in the field of human behaviour and self-mastery for over a decade. Marie’s focus and purpose was ignited by her mother’s battle with mental illness – leading to a lifetime of research into the function of brain, body and emotional patterns. This self-discovery has seen her push her body and mind to physical and mental extremes, process and overcome years of child sexual abuse, teenage rape and divorce. Accomplished Author of ‘Discover Worlds Within’, co-founder of Evolve Yourself Institute, qualified yoga teacher, master meditator and program developer of the ‘System Of Self®’ education. Marie is an engaging and dynamic presenter, educator and facilitator. Her insight into human behaviour is unparalleled, bringing complex systems to life simply.

Evolve Yourself Institute is the only teacher, nurse & midwife accredited self-awareness education in Australia. Self-awareness is rated the number 1 soft skill you can acquire today.




Martina Holland

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

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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 and Westminster Theological Seminar 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

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.




Michelle Chuawiwat

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