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Oxford Professional Support Presenters

All of our presenters are leading educators, authors and industry professionals, providing quality professional development for Australian secondary teachers.

Many of our presenters are practising teachers and all are authorities in their field and include international speakers, digital innovators, principal, teachers, authors and publishers.

Short professional biographies of all of our presenters can be found below.



Alex Abela
Alex has taught Science in independent schools in Victoria for 20 years and has extensive experience in leading faculties through times of curriculum innovation and change. She is currently a STAV councillor and a previous member of STAV’s executive team. Alex is senior Chemistry teacher at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School’s Infinity Centre and is undertaking studies in Harvard University’s Visible Thinking Project. Alex’s research interests include curriculum development in the middle years.

Elisa Altamore
Elisa has been a teacher of history for the past 14 years. She has had varied experiences educating Senior School students in both Victoria and the United States and recently completed a Master of Education with a focus on curriculum. Currently, she is Learning Area Coordinator of Humanities at Assumption College Kilmore.


Julie Baillie
Julie is the Education and Professional Development Manager of the Primary Division of Oxford University Press Australia. Julie travelled to the UK in 2011 to work with the original researchers of the Numicon project and is the accredited Australian Numicon trainer. Prior to joining Oxford University Press, Julie was an early-years educator with the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services. With over 20 years’ experience in education, Julie has worked at the school, district and state levels, and has written curriculum support documents and leading curriculum projects with schools and leaders implementing strategies to support literacy and numeracy improvement.

Anna Bennett
Anna is a highly regarded leader in the educational field. Her passions and expertise include gifted education, professional learning cultures, beginner teachers and formative assessment. Previous to this she was College Head of Professional Development at a multi-campus independent school and instigated the development of the gifted program in the middle school. Over the last 20 years Anna has held a variety of teaching and leadership positions at both the Primary and Secondary level.

Margaret Bigelow
Margaret has had a long and varied career in Mathematics education and was a teacher for many years in schools across NSW. She has been actively involved in teacher associations and professional development of teachers. Margaret is currently Senior Project Officer for Mathematics at the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to develop the Mathematics Curriculum F-10 and the Senior Secondary Mathematics Curriculum.

Monica Bini
Monica is Curriculum Manager (Humanities and Social Sciences) at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Her responsibilities include managing the Geography curriculum both for the VCE and AusVELS. In this capacity she was a member of the advisory panel for the development of the Australian Geography curriculum. Monica taught studies in areas of humanities and commerce in secondary schools for over a decade prior to joining the VCAA.

Elizabeth Blaher-Lucas
Liz is an experienced teacher of Psychology and Humanities with extensive experience in curriculum development, assessing and mentoring staff. She has worked in both government and independent school environments in a number of coordinating and mentoring roles.  Her expertise in developing resources is best evidenced in her role as co-author for both the Unit 1 & 2 and Unit 3 & 4 Psychology textbooks that are currently used in many Victorian schools. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys working with young people and inspiring them with her love of Psychology.

George Booker
George recently retired as Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education where he taught primary and special education students. He was also the Director of the Mathematics Assistance Clinic at Griffith University. The clinic engaged in research and practice in the learning of mathematics, with particular emphasis on the relationship of language to the development of mathematical concepts, processes and ways of thinking.
George’s latest publication Building Numeracy: From Diagnosis to Intervention brings his research and knowledge of assessment, diagnosis, and planning for intervention to classroom practitioners.

Dr. Edward de Bono
Chosen by a group of academics as one of 250 people who had made the most significant contribution to humanity, Dr de Bono is regarded as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the teaching of thinking as a skill; he originated the concept of ‘Lateral Thinking’, which has become a part of everyday language.

The author of 76 books with translations into 40 languages, Dr de Bono acts as advisor to various governments, cities and global organisations, and his instruction in thinking has been sought by clients including Boeing, Nokia, 3M, GM, Kraft, Nestle, Bosch, Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young among others. Dr de Bono was Chairman of the Council of Young Enterprise Europe, which has a membership of 1.5 million young people across Europe, Israel and Russia.

Sean Box
Sean is Curriculum Manager for English at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Prior to working in the Curriculum Division, he held a position with Student Learning Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. He has contributed to Australian Curriculum consultation and implementation in Victoria and Queensland.

Prof. Jeffrey Brand
Jeff is Professor of Communication and Media at Bond University and Deputy Director of the Bond University Centre for Learning, Engagement, Andragogy and Pedagogy (LEAP). His teaching focuses on emerging media, interactive media industries and research methods. He is a regular national media commentator and author.

Dr. Margarita Breed
Margarita is a lecturer in numeracy at RMIT University. Her PhD research focussed on multiplicative thinking and meeting the needs of at-risk middle years students in numeracy. Prior to her appointment at RMIT, she was a primary school teacher and a Middle Years Numeracy Leader for Eastern Metropolitan Region. Whilst completing her Master of Education (research) she was Research Assistant for the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre at the Australian Catholic University.


Prof. Brian Caldwell
Brian is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he served as Dean of Education from 1998 to 2004. He has conducted professional assignments of one kind or another in, or for, 41 countries over the last 25 years.

Emma Campbell
Emma held the position of Senior Curriculum Officer, Mathematics at the Board of Studies NSW in 2011 and 2012, where she managed the development of the new K–10 syllabus. Emma is a passionate advocate of logical and creative programming in Mathematics, which allows students to build on prior knowledge, make connections between strands and sub-strands, and develop depth of understanding. Emma is currently teaching at Shore School, North Sydney.

Sally Cash

Formerly a secondary Science and Maths teacher in Australia and abroad, Sally has also worked at the Melbourne Museum and has written numerous science textbooks. Sally is an author on the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.

Drew Collins
Drew Collins is Head of Geography at The King’s School and has more than 14 year’s geography teaching experience. Drew has previously taught at Pittwater House, Erina High School and The Compton School (London) and has worked as a HSC reviewer, paper writer and School Certificate marker. Drew is passionate about integrating skills meaningfully into his geography lessons and instilling a love of geography in every student. 

Leanne Compton
Leanne is the VCAA’s Design and Technologies Curriculum Manager and she also lectures in Home Economics education at RMIT University. Leanne was a member of the National Panel for the development of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. She is a past president of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, and is also a presenter at numerous state, national and international conferences in home economics, food, health and digital learning, as well as an author of numerous Home Economics and Food publications including texts, curriculum materials and journal articles.


Dr Bruce Dennett
Bruce has a Ph.D. in History and a Masters Degree in Education. He taught history in the NSW State Education system for over thirty years. Bruce is the author or co-author of six textbooks. In addition to formerly teaching at Baulkham Hills High School, Bruce has been a member of the NSW History Syllabus writing committee and has marked Modern History and Ancient History for the HSC. He was also the Supervisor of Marking for History Extension and is an active member of the HSW History Teachers’ Association. He is currently writing textbooks for Oxford University Press and is a part-time lecturer at Macquarie University.

Kate Dullard
Kate Dullard studied English, Linguistics and History at the University of Melbourne before embarking on studies in education. She has taught English at all secondary levels, as well as History and International Politics. Kate recently completed a Masters of Education, looking at the use of Thinking Routines in the English classroom. She is currently teaching English at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.


Mark Easton
Mark has taught Geography, History and English for over 20 years and during the last 15 years has been a contributing author to many geography, humanities and atlas titles. In 2010 he joined Oxford as a geography consultant to work on a range of titles and to support the use of these resources in the classroom. Mark is also the Head of the Humanities Department at St Margarets School.

Roger Edwards
Roger has been involved with the VCE Psychology course since its inception. He taught VCE Psychology for fifteen years and then moved into teaching at Monash University in 2008. Roger is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a psychologist in private practice. He is currently Supervising Psychologist at the Krongold Clinic, Monash University, Clayton.

Matthew Esterman
Matt is currently a History teacher and eLearning Coordinator at St Scholastica’s College in Sydney and is responsible for leading the successful integration of technologies for amplifying teaching and learning. 

Matt is heavily involved in the TeachMeet movement in Australia, and has been a Board member of the ICT Educators of NSW. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with the Diploma of Education, Master of Learning Science and Technology, Master of Arts in Modern History and is currently undertaking the Master of Research degree at Macquarie University.


Di Fleming
Di is a Director of Accelerated Knowledge Technologies Pty Ltd (AKT) and a board member of the Imaginative Education Advisory Group at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.   She is also CEO of the Dūcere Africa School of Leadership and Government located in Botswana, and President of the Africa Australia Business Council (Vic). Di is member of the Victorian Government’s Growth Areas Authority and was the founding director of RMIT’s Centre of Excellence in Design 2003–2007 with an associate professorship in digital design. From 1993–2001, Di was Principal of Kilvington Girls’ Grammar where she was the first educator awarded the 1998–1999 Telstra Victorian Businesswoman of the Year Award for her leadership in digital schooling and the integration of strategic business partnerships.

Lisa Filippin

Lisa is currently a lawyer working in a large law firm, practising commercial litigation with a specific focus on insolvency. Prior to working as a solicitor, Lisa was a teacher of Legal Studies and Business Management, with her most recent teaching experience at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Lisa presents at numerous teaching conferences on a range of topics relevant to Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies. Lisa is currently a co-author of both Access & Justice and Justice & Outcomes, the Year 11 and Year 12 Legal Studies textbooks respectively.

Sandra Fordyce-Voorham
Sandra trained as a Home Economics teacher at Deakin University and has been working as an educator in schools for many years.  She is currently teaching Home Economics at a Melbourne independent girls’ school. She has recently completed a PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong to augment the work she is currently undertaking in promoting food skills in schools and communities with the thesis topic “Food skills in secondary schools”.


Terry Gallagher
Terry Gallagher is the Manager (Policy and Implementation) for the Australian Curriculum Branch at the QSA. His role includes resources development activities to support the Queensland implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Queensland. He was recently a member of the ACARA History learning area Advisory Panel and was the writer of the History guidelines. He was part of the team that developed the Studies of Society and Environment Essential Learnings and Standards for the Queensland Curriculum Assessment and Reporting project. Prior to working at the QSA, Terry was a Secondary Social Science Head of Department and a project officer involved in the development of the Qld Years 1 to 10 SOSE Key Learning Area syllabuses. He has taught in a number of state schools throughout Queensland.

Sir Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof is an internationally acclaimed businessman, musician,humanitarian and political activist. His music career has spanned more than 35 years and his humanitarian activities, beginning with Live Aid in 1985 and resulting in a knighthood in 1986, are renowned worldwide. He has been awarded the Nobel Man of Peace Award, as well as being nominated for the Nobel Peace Award seven times in succession. Sir Bob Geldof has been awarded several honorary doctorates and was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of its 2005 European Heroes.

Prof. Denis Goodrum
With a background in national and international science education projects, Denis is currently Executive Director of the Science by Doing project with the Australian Academy of Science, Chair of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute and member of the Questacon Council. Previously he was Dean of Education at the University of Canberra with whom he is Emeritus Professor.

Gina Grant
As the Inspector, Science at the Board of Studies NSW, Gina had responsibility for the development of the new Science K–10 syllabus. She has extensive science teaching experience in both the government and non-government sectors, held school executive positions in independent schools and has provided curriculum consultancy support in projects at state and national level.

Dr. Suzy Green
Suzy is the founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. She is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist based in Sydney, and lectures on Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Sydney. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.

Prof. Patrick Griffin
Patrick holds the Chair of Education (Assessment) at The University of Melbourne and is Director of the University’s Assessment Research Centre. His work currently focuses on item response modelling applications in interpretive frameworks for performance assessment, problem-solving behaviour and higher order competency assessment and performance reporting. He is currently the measurement team leader for UNESCO in SACMEQ project and a World Bank consultant in Vietnam. He leads several national and international studies of problem solving, literacy and numeracy and is Executive Director of the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project.

Paul Grover
Paul has been a teacher in NSW high schools for more than 35 years and has worked as a Supervisor of Marking in HSC English for the Board of Studies NSW for over ten years. He has authored a number of books in English and History and is currently Lecturer in Education at Charles Sturt University.


Paul Hamilton-Smith
Paul is an enthusiastic educator who has had experience with ICT in education for over ten years. He is currently the ICT Coordinator for Presbyterian Ladies College Junior School, Melbourne. Paul works with teachers across all year levels to integrate technology into the curriculum. He has presented at conferences and has a background in IWB, Web technology and digital education training.

Kellie Heintz
Kellie Heintz is a Lecturer in Secondary English Education at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, Kellie taught VCE English and Literature at a range of secondary schools for 20 years including Star of the Sea College and Avila College. She has co-authored a range of English textbooks. Kellie is currently a member of various VCAA VCE English Advisory Panels and has held various roles at VCAA over the years.

Pat Hincks
Patricia is the Curriculum Manager for History and Civics at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Michael Horne
Michael Horne is an experienced teacher of English and Literature. He is currently the Director of the senior campus at Salesian College Rupertswood, is a former Head of Senior School and Head of English at Ave Maria College, and before that taught English at Scotch College. Michael has written a number of textbooks for Oxford University Press, and is an experienced VCE English exam assessor. He is a seasoned Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) presenter, and has spoken at English association conferences in a number of states on approaches to English curricula.

Dr. David Howes
Dr David Howes is the Executive Director of the Curriculum Division of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The VCAA manages the development and supports the implementation of the Victorian curriculum from Prep to Year 12, including VCE and VCAL studies and VET in Schools.

Bernie Howitt
Bernie is currently President of the NSW History Teachers’ Association. He has been teaching History since the 1970s and is a lecturer in Method at the University of NSW. The winner of two NSW Premier’s History scholarships, he has worked on syllabus development for both the Board of Studies NSW and ACARA.


Melanie Isaacs
Melanie is the ACARA Senior Project Officer responsible for the Foundation to Year 12 Science curriculum. She has coordinated the development of the draft curricula for Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Chemistry and Physics and previously worked for the Victorian DEECD as a coordinator of statewide professional development and teacher resources for science.


Maria James
Maria is Science Curriculum Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). She is a former head of science, curriculum leader and head of senior school. Maria is a published author of junior science and senior chemistry texts and is interested in differentiated learning,inquiry and social justice community projects.

Dr. Nicola Johnson
Nicola is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash Gippsland. Nicola's research concerns Internet over-use, the social phenomena of Internet use, technological expertise, and the integration of information and communication technologies within education. Nicola teaches about curriculum, pedagogy and multiliteracies. She is the author of two books, The Multiplicities of Internet Addiction: The Misrecognition of Leisure and Learning (Ashgate, 2009) and Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a Crowded Jungle (Gower, 2011). Nicola is currently analyzing the data collected from a 2011 research paper entitled, ‘Problematic Internet Use? Exploring contestable notions of Internet obsession and addiction from an educational perspective’.

Ryan Johnstone
Ryan Johnstone has been teaching senior English and Literature for over 15 years and has worked in Perth, London and Melbourne. He has produced a range of English resources for Oxford University Press including the popular text Using Language to Persuade. He has just completed his sixth year of teaching at Scotch College in Melbourne, where he has been the Deputy Head of English since 2008. Ryan also regularly presents for VATE.

Dr. Barbara Joseph
Barbara is a foundation member of Alkira Secondary College in Cranbourne North. The first of the Government’s Public Private Partnership schools, Alkira is at present planning for the first cohort of their later years students. Over the last four years, Dr Joseph has worked with the Humanities team to develop new curriculum for every year level as the college has grown. She has focussed on integrated curriculum activities where possible. For history studies, she has developed a range of engaging hands-on activities to supplement classroom work.


Howard Kennedy
Howard Kennedy is Assistant Director of National Programs at the Board of Studies NSW. The Board of Studies supports implementation and is responsible for the development of curriculum for all schools in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12. In addition to education qualifications and experience as a teacher and education consultant for the NSW DET, Howard Kennedy has extensive state and national curriculum development expertise, holds an Executive Masters degree in Public Policy and leads the team responsible for planning and developing NSW syllabuses that incorporate the Australian Curriculum.

Julie King
Julie is responsible for the Australian Curriculum: Technologies F-10. She has previously worked as a teacher, distance education writer, curriculum advisor and manager for the NSW Department of Education and Training. 


Prof. Marilyn Lake
Marilyn is ARC Professorial Fellow in History at The University of Melbourne. Her most recent books include Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men’s Countries and the Question of Racial Equality which won the Prime Minister’s prize for Non-Fiction and the Ernest Scott prize for the most distinguished work in Australian, New Zealand and Colonization history. She is a Fellow of both the Academies of Humanities and Social Sciences and currently President of the Australian Historical Association.

Dr Phil Lambert
Dr Lambert has extensive experience in education as a principal, inspector, Executive Director, Assistant Director-General, Regional Director and General Manager. He has received a number of honours, awards and acknowledgements during his career. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to education and was acknowledged for his outstanding community work and leadership in a unanimous resolution in the Parliament of NSW. In 2006 he represented NSW at the World Educational Leadership Conference in Boston, USA and in 2010 represented NSW at the World Expo in Shanghai, China. He was a member of the Australian team at the 2013 Global Education Leaders Program held in New Delhi, India. Phil is both an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University, China. He was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Australian College of Educators’ award, the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal.

Dr. Jennifer Lawless
As the Inspector, History at the Board of Studies NSW, Jennifer had responsibility for the development of the new History K–10 syllabus. With extensive History teaching experience, she has held positions at Sydney, Macquarie and Western Sydney Universities lecturing in History education. Jennifer is also an award-winning author and winner of the Churchill Fellowship in 2010.

Dr. David Leigh-Lancaster
David is the Curriculum Manager for Mathematics at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and an experienced former mathematics teacher and head of faculty. He has been extensively involved in curriculum and resource development, teacher professional learning, and examination and school-based assessment.

Susan Leslie
Susan Leslie first taught at university and then English in schools for a number of years, before moving to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority where she worked as a Project Manager in Assessment and then as Curriculum Manager: English. Since 2007 she has worked as an education consultant, maintaining her keen interest in both curriculum and assessment. In addition to Oxford VCE English, she has also developed and written Oxford Big Ideas English textbooks for Years 7 and 8, based on the new Australian Curriculum.

John Ley
John has been teaching mathematics for 30 years. Most recently he was Assistant Principal at Xavier College, Llandilo, a member of the 2012-2014 HSC Assessment Committees and an experienced HSC marker. John was formerly Head of Mathematics at Caroline Chisholm College, NSW, and has held a number of teaching positions including Technology Coordinator, Mathematics Coordinator and Assistant Principal. He has given presentations at many MANSW and AAMT conferences and has presented internationally at NCTM and NCSM conferences. John is the author of the Oxford Insight Mathematics series in NSW.

Dr. Ian Lowe
Ian has been a professional Officer at The Mathematical Association of Victoria for seven years. He has also worked for the Curriculum Branch of the Education Department, written secondary maths textbooks in three countries, developed teacher support material and run hands-on workshops over many years. He has just returned from his third trip to South Africa and Malawi to promote hands-on teaching methods.


Gerry Martin
Gerry has been a teacher of Year 7-12 history for eleven years, currently teaching at St Michael’s Grammar School. He has been involved in the Australian Curriculum: History consultation process since 2008. Gerry has just concluded a research thesis analysing the historical understandings in Australian Curriculum: History.

Karen Marangio
Karen has been involved with the VCAA examination panel for the last 10 years, with a large portion of that time as Panel Chair and on the assessment panel as Assistant Chief Assessor. Karen was also a member of the panel that developed the new Study Design. She currently works in the Melbourne School of Education at University of Melbourne, which includes teaching Psychology Learning Area, and her research interests include the progression of student learning of psychology and developing pedagogy of pre-service teachers. Karen has extensive experience of teaching psychology in secondary schools.

Frances Mawdsley
Frances is the Assistant Director of Education Services at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Prior to commencing this role in 2012, she began her career at the ABS as a statistical trainer, followed by specialisation in mortality data production and analysis. Frances is a qualified secondary school teacher, with seven years teaching and leadership experience in the Victorian government education system in the areas of Psychology and English.

Kerry McEwan
Kerry McEwan is Head Teacher HSIE at Barrenjoey High School in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and a member of the Geography Teachers Association of NSW Council. A graduate of Sydney University she has served as a classroom teacher of geography in both independent and state schools since the 1980’s. Holding a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching, Kerry strives to create resources that can be used to build focused and effective learning plans.

Malcolm McInerney
Malcolm is the Chair of Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) and a member of the ACARA Advisory panel for geography. He is the Curriculum Manager for Geography in the Department of Education and Children's Services in South Australia. Over recent years Malcolm has been heavily involved in promoting the use of technology, particularly GIS in geography classrooms in Australia.

Deb McPherson
Deb has taught English in secondary schools for 28 years.  She was the manager of English for the NSW Department of Education and Training from 2003-2006. Deb is the author of four anthologies of Australian nonfiction for Oxford University Press; she co-authored Choices for English, a collection of recommended texts for the 7-12 English classroom and Oxford HSC English.

Rennae Miszkurka
Rennae completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at LaTrobe University in 1993, followed by a Diploma in Education in 1994 and a Masters of Education (Mathematics) at University of Melbourne in 2009. Rennae has taught mathematics to middle and senior years students over her 17 years at Caulfield Grammar School, where she is currently acting as Learning Area Leader Mathematics Years 7–9. She has maintained an interest in the use and impact of technology within the classroom throughout her teaching career, culminating in research for her Masters thesis:From dreams to reality: The impact of CAS on teachers and teaching. She also continues to be involved in developing activity-based inquiry learning to engage students and develop independent learners.

Kerri Morey
Kerri is an experienced teacher of Psychology and Science with experience in both independent and government schools. She is passionate about educating students and introducing them to the benefits of Psychology! She has extensive experience in developing curriculum and teaching resources for Psychology, Science and Personal Development. Kerri has been a VCAA Psychology examination assessor for many years. She has enjoyed working with young people in a range of pastoral and coordinating roles across different year levels.

Frank Moya
Frank has taught secondary school Mathematics for over 30 years. More recently, he has worked as an educational consultant and has been involved in teacher support and curriculum development. A key area of interest for Frank is the use of rich tasks and investigative approaches to promote deeper conceptual learning of Mathematics, including the appropriate use of technology to support these approaches.


Leanne Newson
Leanne is an experienced teacher and author who has worked in government schools and in curriculum development. She has had ongoing involvement with the development of VCE Legal Studies and the examination process, and in Civics and Citizenship education.  She has co-authored several texts and previously worked at the Law Institute of Victoria managing the Court Education Program.  Leanne is currently working part-time with Education and Community Engagement Unit at the Parliament of Victoria.

Jan Nicholl
Jan is the Senior Project Officer for English at ACARA and has been working on the development of national curriculum in English from Foundation to Year 12. Prior to her work at ACARA Jan worked at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) taking responsibility for the VCE implementation program and providing professional development for teachers. She has worked as an English teacher in a number of schools , has managed a diverse range of projects and has a particular interest in the development of curriculum and assessment materials.

Jennifer Nolan
Jennifer has over 16 years’ classroom teaching experience in both government and independent schools. Her interest in student understanding has evolved into delivering professional learning for teachers and developing maths education resources for over 20 years. Some of these resources include Heinemann Mathematics (now Pearson Mathematics) and Maths Quest. She is now the Secondary Mathematics Specialist at Oxford University Press.


Peter Osland
As the Inspector, Mathematics at the Board of Studies NSW, Peter had responsibility for the development of the new NSW Mathematics K–10 syllabus, and has managed the curriculum development and maintenance in NSW since 1998. Formerly a teacher and Head Teacher of Mathematics, he is a former President of the Mathematical Association of NSW.


Dr. Thelma Perso
Thelma was a classroom teacher of mathematics for 20 years in remote and low-SES schools. Despite moving into consultancy for the last ten years, she sees herself first and foremost as a teacher. She has held a range of positions around Australia including K-12 Mathematics Consultant, Department of Education Western Australia and President, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. She is currently Senior Education Advisor to the Menzies School of Health Research, Centre for Childhood Development and Education. She has given hundreds of presentations to school leaders and teachers, including addresses at national and international conferences, and has authored more than 30 books for teachers on pedagogy, assessment and curriculum.

Alan Power
Alan has been exploring technology-based teaching and learning of mathematics for the past 10 years. Prior to that he was involved in computer information services both in Australia and internationally, and was an early proponent of online information services. He identified a natural link between the teaching and learning of mathematics with web-based services and subsequently started MyMaths in Australia last year. He works with key associates in authoring web-based lesson content and is a frequent speaker at conferences and to school mathematics faculties.

James Prowse
James is Assistant Head of English at St Kevin’s College. He is enthusiastic about research-informed practice, and his own post-graduate studies have examined the way socio-economic diversity impacts students’ experiences of school. He has become a regular presenter at state-wide English and History conferences, where his presentations have advocated for renewed focus on critical literacy and a return to literary and cultural sources in classroom practice to inspire students and promote a love of humanities.


Jennifer Quick
Jennifer is Curriculum Manager, Business and Economics at VCAA, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She has responsibility for the suite of Business Studies subjects across Prep to 12: the VCE and the Humanities-Economics domain in AusVELS. Jennifer was involved with the development of the Australian Curriculum and is also heavily involved with developing and implementing consumer and financial literacy education across Victoria and Australia.

Stacey Quince
Currently Principal of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, Stacey has collaboratively implemented practitioner research in a range of areas – most recently on approaches to peer and self-assessment. She has been awarded the Australian College of Educators/NSW Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, AITSL’s Award for Excellence in Teacher Leadership and the Premier’s English scholarship, with which she investigated ICT-based assessment practices throughout the UK.

Geoff Quinton
Geoff was one of the team of writers for the Australian Curriculum Science and in 2010 was Senior Project Officer for Science at ACARA, overseeing the final revisions of the F-10 Curriculum. Geoff has taught science in England and Australia for 22 years, including as a head of learning area. He has produced digital learning materials for senior secondary chemistry courses, and has been an examiner for TEE and WACE examinations.  He is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of WA and has been an ASTA councilor. He currently coordinates work between the sectors of education in WA supporting Australian Curriculum implementation. Geoff is an author and series consultant of the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.


Benjamin Roberts-Smith
Ben joined the Australian Regular Army in 1996, and in 2003 attempted and passed the legendary Australian SAS selection course. Ben's impressive list of combat operations include two tours of East Timor including INTERFET in 1999, Fiji, Iraq and six tours of Afghanistan. Ben was on his second operational tour of Afghanistan in 2006 when he was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his actions as a patrol sniper in the Chora Valley. It was on June 11, 2010, on his fifth tour of Afghanistan, that he was involved in his Victoria Cross action. The Victoria Cross, together with the Medal for Gallantry make Ben Roberts-Smith his generation's most decorated serving soldier in the Commonwealth. Ben retired from full-time Army duties in October 2013 and is currently pursuing further education, commencing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland.

Pam Robertson
Pam is a research officer in the Assessment Research Centre (ARC) at The University of Melbourne. She works on projects relating to developmental learning and the use of assessment data to inform teaching and teaches courses in the areas of assessment use and professional learning teams. Previously, Pam worked for many years as a secondary teacher of Maths and Science.


Lisa Saffin
Lisa completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University in 1987 followed by a Diploma in Education in 1988 and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Education at the University of Melbourne in 1996. She is currently studying a Masters of Education. Lisa has taught mathematics to middle and senior years students over the past 22 years in a number of Melbourne independent schools, and has been a VCE and IB examiner and NAPLAN item writer. Throughout her teaching career Lisa has witnessed many changes, especially in the use of technology on the classroom. Lisa is a maths teacher at Caulfield Grammar School and her focus continues to be activity-based inquiry to engage students and develop independent learners.

Prof. Wayne Sawyer
Wayne is Professor of Education at the University of Western Sydney. His research interests include secondary English education, curriculum history in English, effective teaching especially in low SES contexts, and literacy policy. His most recent co-written book focuses on teachers working in low SES school communities.

Jane Sherlock
Jane is an experienced, enthusiastic and passionate public education teacher of English for 35 years. Her most recent position was as Head Teacher at Kiama High on the south coast of NSW. Currently Jane is the NSW English Teachers’ Association project officer for the HSC student days that are run throughout the year. In 2009 Jane received the Australian College of Educators award for her contribution to education.  Jane is also an author of a number of English textbooks including the national award-winning Oxford HSC English.

Dr. Di Siemon
Di is Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at RMIT University. She has directed a number of large-scale research projects in mathematics education, and is well known for her work with teachers, schools, and State and Territory Departments of Education on the ‘big ideas’ in Number, the development of multiplicative thinking, and the use of rich assessment tasks to inform teaching. Di is past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Mathematical Association of Victoria

Helen Silvester
Helen is Head of Science at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School.  After completing several years of research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Helen entered the world of teaching. She has maintained her passion for all areas of Science and 18 years of teaching has allowed her to harness her creativity and made her realise how much more she wants to discover. She has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.

Red Symons
A science graduate in computer programming and pure maths, Red Symons has established himself in the entertainment industry as a musician, author, stage and screen performer, record producer, composer, columnist and, most recently, breakfast announcer on ABC Radio 774, Melbourne. There can be few performers who have appeared on Countdown with a number one record, Neighbours in its first week ever, escaped from the Big Brother house, lost a quarter of a million dollars on Who wants to be a Millionaire, been measured as Australia's smartest celebrity on The National IQ Test and written music for Blue Heelers, whilst contributing a regular column to The Age newspaper. 


Shawn Taggart
With over 15 years’ experience in schools, Shawn has worked with students and teachers from all learning areas and with all levels of literacy. In 2009 he became an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010 he developed the digital curriculum for Acacia College which went on to become a leader in the integration of technology into the classroom and become Victoria’s only independent Apple Distinguished School. Since its closure he has taken on the role of eLearning Advisor across all Adventist Schools in Victoria. Here he has integrated digital technology into all parts of the curriculum, including 1:1 and shared iPad and laptop programs, introduced the flipped classroom and led school-wide challenge based learning units to help his students become better 21st-century learners.

Darren Tayler
Darren is the Senior Project Officer for the Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship) at ACARA. The main focus of his role has been curriculum development. He previously worked in an implementation role at the Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC) in DECS NSW. This included multimedia resource development for humanities and social sciences subjects, ICT in teaching and learning, and teacher professional development. He has taught in metropolitan, rural and remote areas and was a winner of a NSW Premier’s History Scholarship.

Kate Tehan
Kate Tehan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from The University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching (Research). She has taught English in government and Catholic schools in rural Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. She currently teaches English and Legal Studies at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak.


Jennifer Vincent
Jennifer has nearly 30 years’ experience in education, including teaching primary students and tutoring pre-service educators at tertiary level. She completed her Master of Educational Studies at Monash University in 1992. Jennifer held the position of Senior Project Officer during the initial development of the Early Years Numeracy Program. She hasauthored a number of mathematics primary resources and presented at variousprofessional development sessions. Jennifer currently works with students who need intervention in mathematics and literacy.

Eva de Vries
Eva is the Principal Project Officer: RoleM at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. She is currently working on the RoleM project, which focuses on Indigenous schools and ways to support the development of oral language and representations in mathematics in the early years.


Louise Ward
Louise is currently Acting Inspector, English at the Board of Studies NSW. She has been closely involved with all phases of the project in her roles as Senior Curriculum Officer and project manager for the draft English K–10 syllabus. As English Assessment Officer, Louise was responsible for the development of HSC examinations and School Certificate tests.

Prof. Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth has been involved for many years in mathematics education. She is presently the principal researcher for a large 4-year longitudinal study: Representations, oral language and engagement in mathematics. This study is situated in a number of Indigenous and low-SES communities across Queensland. She has also conducted research in, and written extensively about, patterns and algebra, particularly with regard to its implication for teaching in the elementary and middle years of schooling. Underpinning her contribution to both research and curriculum in this area of mathematics education is the premise that generalising patterns is the key to developing mathematical thinking and algebraic understanding.

Kim Weston
Kim has over 30 years classroom experience and is a published author of VCE textbooks. She is currently a VCE Curriculum Coordinator and classroom teacher of VCE Health and Human Development and Year 9 Home Economics at Methodist Ladies’ College.

Mike Wheadon
Mike has 13 years experience in ICT integration in schools, and before that 20 years of classroom teaching practice. He works closely with teachers and students to plan and implement effective integration of ICT in teaching and learning through the use of digital tools. He assists and leads teachers to find innovative ways to improve students’ learning outcomes through the use of ICT. In 2012 he completed his Master of Education degree, specialising in ICT in education. He is an advocate of the power of social media to build professional learning networks.

Dr. Gaye Williams
Gaye, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Deakin University, and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, holds an Australian Research Council Fellowship. The quality of her teaching and classroom research have been recognised variously (e.g. University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize 2007, Victorian National Excellence in Teaching Award 1994). Gaye has taught and provided professional development in rural, metropolitan, girls', boys', co-ed, independent, government and Catholic schools. As a member of David Clarke’s International Learners’ Perspective Study, she visited Year 8 mathematics classrooms in five countries. Her research focus includes designing group problem-solving tasks as learning tools.

Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams has taught VCE English and Literature for more than ten years. She currently teaches at Assumption College where she has held the positions of VCE Coordinator and English Learning Area Coordinator. Rachel was a member of the VCE English study review panel, is one of the writers of the 2016 VCE English/EAL Study Design, and is also a member of the VCAA Text Advisory Panel for English. She has presented a number of workshops on English curriculum for a variety of organisations, including VATE.

Narelle Wood
Narelle has completed her Bachelor of Science, with Honours, as well as her Graduate Diploma and Masters of Education. Her teaching methodologies include both Science and English, and this unusual combination of subject methods has resulted in some incredible opportunities for Narelle to follow her passion to creatively work on a whole range of innovative curriculum initiatives. Her teaching has taken her to Cambodia to lead teacher training workshops in Battambang, and teach Science and English workshops for gifted and talented primary school students throughout Australia. Narelle has also worked as a Student Manager, as a leading teacher as Head of English and Literacy at a high performing girls’ school and a sessional teacher in the Education Faculty at Monash University. She is currently working on her PhD specifically looking at creativity, teacher beliefs, practise and assessment strategies. Narelle has worked with a number of schools to help with strategically implementing the Australian Curriculum, creating differentiated curriculum, enhancing student engagement and literacy skills, as well as the implementation of different learning and assessment strategies. 

Warrick Wynne
Warrick has extensive experience teaching English and Literature in government and independent schools across all year levels and is passionate about the possibilities of technology to enhance learning. He has presented at several conferences on ‘new’ learning and teaching, as well as VATE workshops. Warrick is widely published as a poet and through several resource books for VCE English. He is Director of Learning and Curriculum at Methodist Ladies’ College. He blogs at: learningau.com


Siew Yap
Siew Fong Yap is the Head of Science at Kingsway Christian College. She has a Ph D in Science Education. Her main research interest is in the area of bioethics and values education. She has more than 20 years' teaching experience in secondary and tertiary education. She has reviewed and written several science books and textbooks including digital texts. She has also contributed to several journal publications and book reviews.

Dr. Carmel Young
Dr Carmel Young is a History consultant with Oxford and has taught History Curriculum and Methods at the University of Sydney. With Tony Taylor, she wrote History: A guide to the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools.


Jenny Zhang

Jenny is currently a science teacher at St George Girls' High School. She completed a degree in Advanced Science majoring in Microbiology and Genetics. Jenny has always had a keen interest in teaching and her passion for science communication has allowed her educate  students both in a formal  and informal setting. Jenny's interests in education includes gifted and talented education as well as inquiry based science.

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