Contributors

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Sabreena Taylor

Sabreena has been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. Her current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI – student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History. In 2015 Sabreena traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and is now the only certified teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sabreena is the Professional Learning Consultant- History/Civics and Citizenship as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. Sabreena has presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

Sabreena’s career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. In her 32 years in education Sabreena has been a head of History, regional Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator with the Education Department of New South Wales.

Sabreena’s work has included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. Her most recent role was as School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Sabreena has been able to feed her passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. Sabreena has also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC.




Sally Johnstone

Secondary History Teacher

Sally Johnstone is a secondary history teacher, who has spent the last five years working with students in Stage Six. She is interested in creating dynamic lessons that cater for the diverse range of students in her classes.




Sanjin Dedic

Teacher, Robotics Engineer, Learning Designer

Sanjin Dedić has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer. He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Queensland. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.




Sharron Mountain

Innovation, collaboration, sharing and excellence in the teaching of Visual Arts

Sharron is a Visual Arts Educator and artist who lives in the picturesque Blue Mountains. Sharron holds a Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts and a Diploma in Education – Secondary studies. As an Art Educator, since 1993, Sharron has continued to develop her artistic skills, specializing in alternative digital and photographic mediums. Sharron has been teaching Photoshop, Animation and Photography courses to teachers for over 10 years at TTA and has developed courses in Visual Arts, Photography & use of the iPad Art for creative purposes.




Shirley Houston

Promoting a sound start to learning

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.




StarTime

Lights Camera Education

Digital movie making and digital literacy using iPads is a perfect vehicle to engage students in digital literacy skills for the 21st century. It develops communication (both in presenting and production), critical thinking and collaborative skills, and is – by its very nature – highly creative.

StarTime has created, shot and edited over 1000 films with children of all ages in its 10 years of production. With programs that are linked to the Australian Curriculum, the team have worked with over 10,000 students and teachers to ensure easy integration and implementation of digital technologies in the learning environment.

With the inclusion of affordable My School Studio green screen packages, film-making incursion programs and PD programs, StarTime continues to create and provide constantly evolving and relevant programs to ensure schools around Australia remain up to date with the very latest in 21st Century digital technology.




Steve Brophy

Peak performance, Wellbeing, Flow and Coaching

Steve is a highly effective, passionate and innovative educator with extensive experience both locally and internationally in K-12 schools. In his current role as the Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Steve is responsible for the digital strategy development of the school. As a teacher, he is incredibly passionate about learner development and the power of technology to enable learners to take the reins of their own learning. He has been widely recognised for innovation in education, having been named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2016 and an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2017. In 2017, Steve was the recipient of the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Outstanding Leader of the year award.
Steve is dedicated to sharing and amplifying the great work of other educators and does this through his work as the co-host of the TeachTechPlay webshow, organiser of the TeachTechPlay conference and co-host of the Design and Play podcast. Steve writes regularly for Education Today, blogs at www.stevebrophy.com.au and tweets from @stevebrophy3 and @designandplay.

Steve is also the Director of Thrive Capacity, a coaching consultancy that assists individuals and organisations achieve peak performance through flow. For more information, check out www.thrivecapacity.com




Steve Howard

Passionate about Mathematics

Steve is a Mathematics Teacher at Cowra High School, a medium sized rural high school in Central West NSW, where he has taught for 25 years. He has also taught gifted and talented students online through xsel and Aurora College. He has a particular love and passion for Mathematics Extension 2, writing his own textbook and study resources for the old syllabus, to be updated for the new syllabus. He also creates study resources for Mathematics and Extension 1. He loves finding more efficient techniques for solving mathematical questions, by trawling through other teachers' solutions or making up his own approaches when there must be a better way. Steve did 4 Unit Mathematics as a student, gaining a mark of 198/200 and training as an actuary. Working in an office in the city wasn’t for him, so he went back to uni to retrain as a teacher then headed to the country, where he lives in an owner built mud house, with chickens, goats and rescued native birds (which you will sometimes hear in his recordings)!!




Sue Pedley

Sue is an artist and a tutor who has conducted professional training courses for art teachers in primary and secondary school for 7 years. Sue teaches drawing at College of Fine Art, the Art Workshop at University of Sydney, the National Art School and visual communication at UTS. Sue exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas, most recently in Japan in the Setouchi Art Triennial (2010) and the Echigo Art Triennial (2006).




Teresa Deshon

Teaching and Learning

Teresa is Assistan Principal of Berry Street School and an IT/Mathematics teacher who also specialises in delivering Teaching & Learning and ICT Professional Development programs and courses for schools. Teresa is experienced in the development and implementation of school wide change, coaching & mentoring staff, designing and implementing 1:1 programs, BYOD, LMS and Continuous Online Reporting. She has extensive experience in the development and delivery of professional learning programs for staff.

An accomplished speaker and writer, Teresa has been recognised for her leadership and innovative work by being awarded; Leading 21st Century Schools – Asia Literate Leader 2014,Worldwide Who’s Who for Educational Excellence 2013, Member of Australian Council of Educational Leadership 2008 and Australian Council of Educational Leaders Inquiry and Action Research Award on the topic of Women in Leadership 2008.

Teresa has a Bachelor and a Masters degree in IT/Education and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Education and Graduate Certificate in Competitive Systems and Practises.




Tim Murray

An experienced educator with a focus on equipping teachers to help their students to analyse texts and write well.

I have been teaching in Government and Non-Government schools since 2003. For the past three years I have been a Senior Marker for HSC Advanced/Standard English Paper 1, Section I and have used these skills to develop approaches to teaching and learning that develop students' confidence and skills in analysing and responding to various texts. I’m confident that I have something to offer the teaching profession in terms of professional development, but would benefit from discussing areas of need within the TTA in order to find an area where I could specialise.




Tim Perkins

Senior Associate, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting

Tim Perkins combines his vast experience of dynamic educational settings with his well-recognised abilities as a highly engaging and entertaining story teller and presenter to provide opportunities for school and business leaders to re-conceptualise their approach. Tim is passionate about the impact that the development of authentic relationships within teams can have on engagement and wellbeing. He has specific expertise in the fields of mentoring, engagement and wellbeing. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Tim was ranked in the top ten in the Australian University Lecturer of the Year Awards. In 2013 Tim won a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Award for Enhancing Student Learning and this was followed by National Awards in 2014 and 2015 for the Service Learning project he initiated for Notre Dame students to work with internally displaced community in Nakuru, Kenya. In 2016 he also won a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Award for work he and a colleague developed on Self and Peer Assessment.




Tom Benjamin

Tom Benjamin is a psychologist specializing in games and multimedia.

Tom was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Learning Innovation, NSW Dept of Education following a career as a psychologist with the major teaching hospitals and lecturer at UNSW. Over this time he developed resources specially applicable to educators with special requirements for short learning curves and instant gratification outcomes, for example relief and teachers and community group leaders. These systems use materials commonly available in schools.




TTA (Teacher Training Australia)

Professional Development for teachers and leaders

TTA is Australia’s largest independent provider of accredited Professional Development for teachers.  TTA has over 200 presenters delivering over 600 workshops per year, and has worked with over 30 000 teachers. 




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