Birth: Sydney, Australia, October 13, 1960
Family: Married to Jenny with two children Nick (born 1993) and Ali (born 1996)
Address: 10 Weemala Road Pennant Hills, 2120
Academic and Professional
1970 – 1978 St Patrick’s College Strathfield
1979 – 1983 University of Sydney B.A. (Hons) Dip. Ed.
1987 – 1991 University of New England M.Ed.
2009 – 2020 Loreto Normanhurst: Principal Ms Barbara Watkins
Current Position: Dean of Learning ( 2014-2020) and classroom teacher
Previous position: Acting Director of ICT Semester 2 2013
Dean of Learning Technologies 2012-2013
Coordinator of ICT Integration 2010-2011
ICT Management and Support 2009
2000 – 2008 Tara Anglican School for Girls: Principal Mrs Carol Bowern
Positions held include classroom teacher, ICT Integrator, Intranet Manager, Head of Geography Department and Year 10 Co-ordinator.
1991 – 1999 Northholm Grammar School: Principal(s) Rev Christopher Welsh/Dr Yvonne Smith
Positions held include classroom teacher, School Sport Coordinator, and Head of House.
Paternity Leave: 1993 and three terms 1996
1984 – 1990 Oxley College: Principal Dr David Wright
Positions held include classroom teacher, Head of House, Acting Head of Geography Cross Country and DEAS Co-ordinator
educational experiences and responsibilities
2014- 2020 Dean of Learning
2010 – 2018 Loreto ICT Integration – Coordinator
2010 – 2019 Loreto 5 – Co-ordinator
2016 Year 10 transition to Year 11 Review Joint Coordinator
2015-2016 Loreto Rural Partnership
2012 &2016 Connected Learners Conference co organiser
2013 Acting Director of ICT (May- December)
2011 – 2013 Coordinator of iPad deployment for School Council, Leadership/Deans, Heads of Department/House
2010 – 2018 Loreto Student Laptop Program – team member
2010 – 2014 Loreto Social Media Platform – team member
2010 – 2011 Loreto Parent Portal
2009 – 2011 Loreto Marketing – team member
2009 – 2013 Loreto student and staff portal refinement
2009 – 2014 SRC
Tara Anglican School for Girls
2002 – 2008 Portal creator and manager
2002 – 2008 ICT Integration Professional Development Coordinator K-12
2007 BOS Online Inspection Portal – first NSW school to implement online submissions
2000 – 2004 Management experiences as Head of Department and Year Co-ordinator
Northholm Grammar School
1991 – 1992 School sport coordinator
1997 – 1999 Head of Capell House
1997 – 1999 Northholm Grammar School Pastoral Care website
1997 Fieldwork in the classroom for Geography website
1984 – 1990 School and HICES cross country coordinator and event organiser
1984 – 1990 Director and Producer Dobell House music and drama competitions
2018 AIS NSW Annual Learning Conference – presenter.
2018 GTANSW Annual Conference Committee Member
2017 Tamworth GTANSW Regional Conference -presenter
2013 – 2016 Professional Learning Endorsement and Advisory Committee (PLEAC)
2011 – 2016 School Council ICT Sub Committee Loreto Normanhurst
1981- 2020 Geography Teachers Association Member and Council (1994-2016) including Vice President (2005-2016)
1984 – 2019 Geographical Society of NSW Member and Council (1997-1999 & 2005-2016) Honorary Secretary
2003 – 2016 AIS ICT Integrators Member and Conference Committee (2006-2008 & 2010-2016)
2014 HSC for Teacher and Students Facilitator University of Western Sydney – Geography
2006 – 2013 Pre- service teacher lectures for Macquarie University – Education
2008 – 2010 Hills Parramatta Australian College of Educators Management Committee
1996 – 2020 Australian College of Educators (MACE)
2006 Professional Teachers Council (PTC) – Council Member
Publications, Conferences and Workshop Presentations:
My publications also include an Honours Thesis on the Historical Geography of Strathfield and Master’s Dissertation on Nonformal Education. Since 1987 I have published over 60 articles in the space of professional learning on subjects including geographical education, pedagogy and curriculum and the integration of ICT into teaching and learning. These have appeared in ACE, ASHISA and ACER publications such as Education Review, Campus Review, Teacher, Teachers Learning Network, Professional Educator, Independence, Australian Teacher Magazine as well as the Geography Bulletin and various Global Education publications.
My involvement in conferences includes their organisation through Conference Committee membership for AIS, GTANSW/Professional Teachers Association and Loreto Normanhurst. This includes personally presenting to large and small groups of teachers and the individual mentoring of the professional learning of colleagues at Loreto and other schools and educational organisations.
Awards and Recognition
2013 – 2016 Appointed to BOSTES. Professional Learning Endorsement and Advisory Committee (PLEAC), this is an adjunct to NSW Institute of Teachers and I am one of two non- government school representatives.
2010 Outstanding Professional Service Award, Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
2013 – 2015 Australian School Library Association – approached by Dr Curtis Watson, to be a Project team member, to write a chapter for E Book on Digital Citizenship.
2013 MacDonald Holmes Medal for Geographical Education from Geographical Society of NSW and the Geography Teachers Association of NSW.
2013 Geoff Conolly Award for publication of up to 50 articles for the Geography Bulletin
2010 ACEC nomination Australasian Educational Media Awards – for my professional blog “It’s all about connecting and sharing”.
2008 Strengthening Standards Research GeogStandards Project, Melbourne University – my lessons videoed as examples of exemplar teaching. http://www.geogstandards.edu.au
2007 Nominated Professional Teachers Council 2007 Media Award -interview with Philip Clark 2GB on the status of Geography in NSW schools.
2005 Fellowship of GTANSW
2004 Australian Geography Teachers Association Website Award for Global Education
1996 – 1999 New HSC Online – foundation member for Geography
2015 – 2020 Pennant Hills District Civic Trust Council Member and Vice President elect (2016-20)
2013 – 2018 Northholm Grammar School, Education and Technology Committee
2004 – 2019 Cool Running Australia website moderator
1995 – 1999 Galston Long Day Care Centre Management Committee