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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




Jennifer Osler

Jenny Osler until recently was a teacher and assistant principal of some thirty years experience within the Victorian education system, working at a large eastern suburbs secondary college. More recently she has been a Teaching Fellow for the University of Melbourne as part of the MTeach program, and has worked for Chisholm Institute offering a range of training programs. As well as having extensive classroom experience as a Humanities teacher, she has been Student Welfare Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator and more recently Assistant Principal. She has extensive training experience within the education system and the broader community with both adults and young people. Jenny’s formal qualifications, as well as Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, include Graduate Diploma in Student Welfare, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health, Certificate IV in Community Mediation and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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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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Jo Prestia

Education Consultant

Jo Prestia is an Education Consultant, with a Bachelor of Education (Arts and Crafts), a Masters in Educational Leadership & a Post Grad in Education Research. She has held various leadership positions and taught in schools for 26 years mainly in the areas of Visual Arts and Religious Education but has also taught Junior History and Italian. She developed a Learning Styles Program to enable students and teachers to experience success and take control of their own learning. Jo facilitates workshops for TLN and has run programs in many schools and with undergraduate teachers. Jo is writing a book for parents on their key role in developing a love of learning with their children through an awareness of learning styles. She is a PhD candidate at Monash Uni investigating the relationship between teacher aides and teachers. You can connect with Jo via her website: www.joprestia.com.au




Joachim Matschoss

Theatre is the most lifelike artform so why not explore life through theatre.

Joachim has presented Workshops and Masterclasses for Theatre all over the world, most recently in , Singapore, Uzbekistan, India, Malaysia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
Joachim is a director, writer and teacher of theatre. Joachim has published numerous artciles on creativity and Theatre. He is a poet and wrote many plays that have been performed in Australia, the UK, Germany, USA and Canada.




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, Learning Enhancement, Creative Writing and Teaching and Learning areas across all sectors of education. She holds a PhD in English literature.




Joe Ousby

Joe Ousby has a double major in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and a masters degree in Mathematics Education, and has spent the past 35 years sharing his love for Mathematics with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across NSW, Singapore and Queensland. Those who have sat in his classroom or heard him speak at State or National Conferences will know that he sees the world through the eyes of a passionate mathematician and writes and teaches with the intention to have others understand. His publications include a series of text books in Maths B and C with Cambridge University Press, articles in “Teaching Mathematics”, the Journal of QAMT, and “Reflections”, the Journal of MANSW.




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 ten 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 the way his music library continues to expand.




Jonathan Jones

Visual Arts Teacher (7-12)

I am a passionate and innovative Visual Arts teacher who has been teaching for almost 8 years at St Philips Christian College in Cessnock. During this time I have been utilising technology to implement my units of work as the students receive computers as a part of their enrolment. I mostly use Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator with students from years 7-12. Due to my own interests and those of my students, I have a focus on how to incorporate practical design principles and photography with the Visual Arts syllabus. I have also been a part of our ICT committee for the past 3 years and have been involved in implementing a number of school wide programs relating to incorporating IT in the classroom. Within my school I am also responsible for writing and implementing Visual Arts units of work and assessment from Year 7-12. I have also had some experience teaching Visual Arts to Upper Primary students (3-6).




Jonathon Kaesler

ICT integration into the curriculum
Jonathon Kaesler is a Professional Learning Consultant with Datacom Education. Jonathon has a background in IT, Music and teaching, having begun his teaching career as a teacher librarian, before becoming a classroom teacher at the Junior Primary/Primary level. He is passionate about ICT and technology and how it can be used in the classroom.



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.




Julie Seidel

Visual Arts Educator

Julie Seidel is Curriculum Leader – The Arts at St Peters Lutheran College and has over 30 years experience teaching Visual Art in Australia and overseas. She is currently a QCAA Panel member for Visual Art Brisbane Central and has 7 years experience as a panel chair for visual art. Julie introduced the Visual Art -International Baccalaureate program to St Peters with students achieving outstanding results. Julie has previously devised a P-5 art program which uniquely linked specialist art teachers with class groups and provided a sequential art program. A dedication to the teaching of aesthetics within the curriculum and a focus on creativity as a key tool for 21st century learners informs her art practice in the classroom. Julie continually explores new strategies and approaches to teaching visual art in a context that has relevance for students. Julie considers the sharing of how to structure learning experiences and the shaping of the creative process with teachers as fundamental to the success and survival of the visual arts in education. Her passion is supporting art teachers.




Karen Critchley

Mentor, leadership, assessment practice, program development, accreditation process, professional learning, Project based learning, GAT, acceleration, ALARM, Learning support

I am the Head Teacher- Teaching and Learning / History. I have spent my career being dedicated to the development of staff professional learning. I am most passionate about the educational process and the practical application of theory within the classroom setting. I work closely with all the major universities in N.S.W. I have been on multiple panels AITSL approving University courses as well as being part of consultation panels as AITSL was set up in NSW. I am interested in practical approaches to programming, assessment and the analysis of in school and external data. I am also greatly interested in building leadership skills in aspirational teachers.




Karen Green

Karen Green is an educational consultant based in Victoria who has had varied teaching roles, in regular classrooms and within the field of special education. She has worked as a class teacher, a visiting teacher for the hearing and visually impaired, a special education teacher working with both learning disabled and gifted student. She was Deputy Head of the Middle School at St Leonard’s College in Brighton and Deputy Head of the Junior School at Melbourne Grammar School. She has lectured to Bachelor of Education students in the area of special education at Deakin University. Karen has been working as a consultant for the past 9 years.