Hillcrest Christian College
Danni is the Deputy Head of the Junior Learning Community at Hillcrest Christian College, with a focus on Academic Performance and Innovation. She has overseen the implementation of a skills-based curriculum, agile learning spaces and a design-centred framework in the Junior School setting. Danni has taught in the independent sector for over 14 years, and in that time has established a Google Educator Group (GEG) on the Gold Coast, been on the organising committee for QSITE (Gold Coast Chapter) and was selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy. She is passionate about embedding excellent pedagogy and relevant technologies to create enhanced learning outcomes for students.
Lauriston Girls School
Susan Just began her teaching career in government schools in Queensland and has been an educator for more than 20 years. Since then Susan has had extensive teaching and leadership experience in the independent school sector in Australia. She has been the Principal of three independent girls’ schools in Queensland and Canberra, and currently Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne. Susan holds a BA (UQ), Dip ED (UQ), M.Ed Admin (UNE), Advanced Management Course (Harvard). Susan’s strong areas of interest have been in curriculum and teacher development, and this has led to her participation on a number of peak educational bodies, committees and taskforces. She has been actively involved in the Australian Heads of Independent Schools’ Association, the Association of Independent Schools both in the ACT and New South Wales, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia and the Association of Australasian International Baccalaureate Schools.
Susan’s interest in the enhancement of STEM in the education of young people has resulted in Lauriston Girls’ School establishing the first Fablearblab in Australia and a working relationship with Stanford University in California. Students from Prep to Year 12 have access to the digital fabrication laboratory. The school’s Lead teacher- Digital Fabrication and Lead teacher- Digital Tools, work with staff to develop learning activities and students in Years 7, 8 and 10 have access to the digital fabrication laboratory through Signature Projects. Lauriston Girls’ School ran its inaugural Fablearn Australia Conference for educators in 2015 with the aim of sharing best practice in digital fabrication, hands-on learning and making. The School has run two such conferences and a Hackathon for educators.
The Geelong College
James Colbert is a Year 5 Learning Mentor at The Geelong College Middle School in Victoria. James currently teaches in team of 3 teachers with 65 students in an open planned classroom. The theme of the Year 5 curriculum is Designing the Future, where students are immersed in the Maker-Centred philosophy. The Year 5 team have recently toured the United States where they connected with World Leaders in Maker- Centred learning and had the opportunity to attend the world renowned Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute facilitated by Dr Gary Stager. James has completed online study through The Harvard School of Education specifically around Maker-Centred learning an
David Simpson is the Head of Middle School Science at Haileybury in Melbourne, Victoria and has extensive practical and academic experience in the area of STEM education. His current PhD research with Charles Sturt University is investigating the role that technology can play in identifying and reducing the research-to-practice gap that exists in integrating STEM education practices within the traditional classroom.
David is the Chair of the STEM Committee at Haileybury, a role that brings together expertise from all areas and campuses of the school to ensure that integration of STEM practices are accessible, practical and sustainable at scale.
Catholic Regional College North Keilor
I have been a teacher for over 40 years and I have always had an interest in science and technology. At my current school I have introduced basic Electronics Elective as well as an engineering Elective. As well I run the “F1 in schools Program” in my Lunchtimes. Recently I also introduced a program called ” The Sky is the Limit” as I saw a need to extend those students who were coping very well in their classes. Knowledge is important but it is more important knowing how to apply that knowledge in working collaboratively to solve problems together. This has been a focus in my teaching over the lsat few years so I am a real supporter of STEM education.
Matthew is the junior school ICT Integrator at Ravenswood School for Girls in Gordon, Sydney. His previous teaching roles have included international experience at schools in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. In his current role, Matthew is responsible for integrating STEAM and digital technologies projects across years K-6. He works closely with teachers in the junior school to integrate creative technologies into inquiry-based teaching units. Matthew is an advocate of project-based activities and learning through play. His teaching style incorporates ‘playground’ style resources that are open-ended and allow students to explore, imagine and collaborate, such as Scratch Jr, Sphero and Lego Mindstorms. Matthew runs professional development sessions at school, including Hour of Code, a 3D printing workshop and a guide to design thinking. In 2017 Matthew was awarded a Ravenswood Professional Fellowship that allowed him to pursue a course of study in disruptive innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. As a result of this study, he is developing new, creative projects, using the design thinking framework.
Melbourne Girls Grammar School
Mrs Kellie Morgan joined Melbourne Girls Grammar in 2014. She is the Director of Early Learning and Junior Years at Melbourne Girls Grammar. With over twenty five years experience in early childhood and primary education including a variety of leadership roles, Kellie remains passionate and inspired by the way children learn. She is an exemplary teacher whose knowledge of contemporary curriculum and child development is very strong. Kellie is a committed educator, who is passionate about nurturing the learning, development, and wellbeing of girls.
St Ursula’s College Toowoomba
Stephen Broderick has been a teacher of mathematics and science at St Ursula’s College for 33 years and was the mathematics coordinator for 22 years. Stephen is currently a T3 National Instructor with Texas Instruments (Teachers Teaching with Technology) and has presented workshops on STEM education at QAMT (2011 – 2018) , AAMT (Adelaide 2015 & Canberra 2017), ACER Research Conference (2015) and T3 International conferences in Philadelphia (2013) and San Antonia (2018). He is also a Champion and a member of the STEM special interest in the National Resolve project. Stephen is passionate about the connections between Mathematics and Astronomy and is currently completing his Masters in Science majoring in Astronomy.
University of Newcastle
Associate Professor Erica Southgate (University of Newcastle) is a leader in equity and education, and is internationally recognised for ‘surfing the next wave’ of technology enhanced learning for social justice. In 2016, Erica was appointed National Equity Fellow where she conducted research into an enduring equity problem – how to increase access to high status professions such as medicine, engineering and ICT, for young people experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation. A key component of the Fellowship was her ‘Immersed in the Future’ report on how technologies such as virtual and augmented reality could be deployed for school career education. Erica is leading the Virtual Reality (VR) School project (www.vrschoolresearch.com), the first study to explore learning through the use of highly immersive virtual reality in high school STEM classrooms. Her literature review on immersive VR for teachers can be found on the VR School website. Erica is a serious computer game developer and is currently creating a virtual reality world to improve the literacy of Indigenous and non-indigenous students. She has free literacy game apps available on the App and Google Play stores – these are Apostrophe Power and Sentence Hero. To date, the apps have received over 50,000 downloads from around the globe and her academic literacy YouTube channel has over 100,000 views. Erica’s loves flying high in VR.
NSW Department of Education
Chris Cividino aka “Civi” is a Head Teacher Innovative Technologies for the NSW Department of Education, Information Technology Directorate (ITD). Before his secondment to ITD Chris was a Future Learning Coordinator, Geography, History and ICT teacher at Callaghan College in Newcastle. He is passionate about Future Focused pedagogy and using technology to assist educators to improve student outcomes. Chris is a co-researcher on the VR School project with the University of Newcastle, and is interested in technology that can virtually transport people, concepts and ideas globally in immersive VR. Spending the first 23 years of his life indoors during cold Canadian winters, Chris developed a passion for transformative technology. Chris firmly believes that unlocking the potential of student learning meta-data is at the core of individualised education plans for student in the future.
The Geelong College
Christ the King Primary School
Aisha Kristiansen is the Learning & Teaching Leader at Christ the King Primary School in Geelong and is passionate about cutting-edge approaches to education. She is committed to providing the best learning opportunities for students through the use of emerging technologies, and the development of strong industry, community and university partnerships. Aisha believes that STEM Education and Design Thinking will be the cornerstones to future-proofing our students. She holds key roles on the CEM STEM Advisory Board, City of Greater Geelong Digital Inclusion Committee and the Deep Learning Project.
Whittlesea Secondary College
Lian Davies is a science educator and leader with a passion for global educational systems and strategies. Lian has worked in both Scottish and English schools in the UK, leaving to travel New Zealand in 2011. Developing her skills whilst navigating a new country and educational system she became an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal of a P-12 in the South Island of NZ.
Hearing about the innovative practices of Templestowe College in Victoria, Australia Lian moved to become Assistant Principal at Templestowe College in 2016. Continuing to develop an innovative model of education, Lian moved to Bundoora Secondary College as Acting Principal in 2018 and is a finalist in The Educator Rising Star Awards 2018. Lian has now been appointed Principal of Whittlesea Secondary College.
Engaging students in STEM has been a passion of Travis Burroughs’ since the first day he stood in front of a classroom. This passion for STEM has led to presenting countless professional development presentations across 2 continents, establishment of VEX Robotics competitions across Victoria and building the TC Federation of schools ESTEAM program. Travis’ work has had a lasting impact on students, inspiring them with meaningful STEM programs.
Christian Brothers College Fremantle
At present, Marilyn is a Maths teacher and the Academic Excellence Coordinator at CBC Fremantle. In this role, she has the opportunity to extend students beyond the curriculum. She is interested in engaging students to think critically and creatively, to work collaboratively and to develop their problem solving skills.
Since coming to Australia ten years ago, she has taught in both Queensland and Western Australia and, being a mother of three sons, has a particular interest in boys’ education.
Marilyn’s experience is wide and varied. She considers the years she worked for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in programs supporting and training Maths and Science teachers in rural areas of Southern Africa as being a time of immense challenge and personal growth. Problems abounded and they had to be solved!
Lauriston Girls School
With ten years experience as a teacher and holding a Masters in Educational Leadership, Lucas is currently working in research and development around STEM in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Through this role he has been involved in building partnerships with schools and industry, as well as preparing and presenting professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders of STEM Education. Lucas is passionate about immersing students in authentic community problems, that allow them to think critically and creatively, while developing the skills and knowledge to enrich the world around them.
St Mary’s College Toowoomba
Wayne transferred from a civil engineering cadetship with the Hunter District Water Board into the Medical School at Sydney University from where he graduated in 1990. His love for education blossomed after becoming an Abstudy tutor for Aboriginal senior secondary students in mathematics and sciences.
After moving to New Zealand with his wife and young family in 2002, he eventually decided to follow his true passion by gaining a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching in 2010.
Wayne became Director of Learning and Head of Science and at a rural college before relocating back to Australia. Following this, he began teaching at St. Mary’s College Toowoomba last year, where he continues to live the dream.
Wayne has an absolute passion for all things mathematical and scientific, and I am told his enthusiasm is infectious.
St Mary’s College Toowoomba
After graduating from a degree in Civil Engineering with honours, Peter worked as a Structural Engineer for 7 years, working on a vast array of projects ranging from buildings, transport projects and marine structures. Through his engineering career, Peter found his passion for the world of teaching through mentoring numerous engineering graduates and decided to pursue a career in education.
Peter now works as a secondary teacher at a private boys’ college, sharing his engineering and problem solving skillsets. He achieves this through the teaching of mathematics, physics and a STEM class aimed at challenging gifted and talented students to develop unique real-world solutions to make the world a healthier, easier and more enjoyable place to live.
Orara High School
Jodie leads and manages a diverse faculty in the implementation of Mathematics education across the school. She has whole school responsibilities including leadership, accreditation and coordinating STEM education.
Jodie began looking into STEM education after analysing school data that reflected declining trends in students studying STEM subjects at a Stage 6 level. She was looking for new ways to engage our students in a challenging, innovative and interdisciplinary manner. STEM has provided this for our students and we are now broadening this to inclusive of stage 3 students as well as our current stage 4 and stage 5 classes.
Department for Education
Ross is attempting to engage teachers to not only enjoy the Digital Technologies experience but to provide life interaction for all stakeholders. With many years of industry experience he is attempting to put the real life into the classroom. Now in the classroom Ross is developing assessment tools that use the same observational techniques that work in correlation with theory, practical and standard assessment tools. This isn’t a stand-alone tool, but something that could assist teachers and provide greater interaction with students.
Whitefriars Catholic College for Boys
Fiona Matthews is the Lead Coach Learning Teaching and Technology at Whitefriars College – an independent secondary school for boys located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is a passionate educator and learning coach. In her role she has been an advocate for a shift in pedagogical practice and the way curriculum is delivered to ensure contemporary learning skills are modelled by teachers and practised by students.
As Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching at Whitefriars College, Mark Ashmore is leading significant change so that the school is learning focussed, seeks and responds to student voice, and has curriculum with critical thinking, intercultural understanding, collaboration and communication in mind. Innovation through the use of technologies and learning spaces is important in the change, with Mark having led the building design and the development of the College’s new Science and Technology Centre. Using the renewed vision Learning @ Whitefriars, Mark has supported teaching staff professional learning and curriculum design so that student outcomes can be improved.
Luke possesses a diverse background comprising of primary school teaching, personal training, coaching and managing a small business in the fitness industry. Through this experience, Luke has developed an appreciation for the development of systems that acknowledge the individual strengths and needs of the users within them.
Luke currently works in a position that allows him to analyse large bodies of live data from schools and speak with teachers from around the country on a daily basis. This, combined with an inquiring mind and for a voracious appetite for reading research has led to a mature approach in articulating what works well in schools.