CPL Presenters Glossary

Alphabetical in surname order

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A – F
  • Leonie Abbott
  • Tom Alegounarias
  • Kate Ambrose
  • Tammy Anderson
  • Hannah Archer-Lawton
  • A/Prof Catherine Attard
  • Ben Ballard
  • Jann Barry
  • Kathryn Bellach
  • Sonia Betram
  • Andrew Best
  • Mary-Ellen Betts
  • Dr Lorraine (Lorri) Beveridge
  • Krystal Bevin
  • Carly Boreland
  • Pru Borgert
  • Lloyd Bowen
  • Kerry Boyenga
  • Jackie Breden
  • Tracey Brennan
  • Wendy Brooks
  • Dr Mathie Burgess
  • Dianne Byers
  • Kate Cameron
  • Dr Victoria Campbell
  • Kylie Captain
  • Ann Caro
  • Dr Don Carter
  • Jodie Caruana
  • Helena Castelletti
  • Lorraine Chaffer
  • Samantha Chenu
  • Suzi Clapham
  • Cathy Clift
  • Sarah Cooper
  • Kim Cootes
  • Maree Costantini
  • Jonathon Dallimore
  • Kristy Davies
  • Dr Mike Davis
  • Amanda De Carli
  • Kathy Deacon
  • Amanda Delvecchio
  • Amy Denford
  • Zenna Diab
  • Dr Rose Dixon
  • Catherine Donnelly
  • Waine Donovan
  • Margaret Dooner
  • David Dossetor
  • Beth Edgley
  • Lisa Edwards
  • Vanessa Edwige
  • Charline Emzin-Boyd
  • Dr Christine Evans
  • A/Prof Jason Evans
  • Nicola Evans
  • Prof Robyn Ewing
  • Patrick Faucher
  • Sam Ferris
  • Emma Finlayson
  • Denis Fitzgerald
  • Lucille Flegg
  • Amber Flohm
  • Sue French
G – M
N – Z
  • Aarti Nand
  • Narelle Nightscales
  • Prof Greg Noble
  • Jane Nursey
  • Gavin Parker
  • Aleesha Paz
  • Les Perelman
  • Melinda Phillips
  • Natalie Pierson
  • Dr Catherine Preston
  • Kristy Pugliano
  • Mark Rafidi
  • Anissa Rajendra
  • Dr Stephen Owen Reeder
  • Louise Reynolds
  • Lynette Riley
  • Joanne Rossbridge
  • Dr Clare Rowan
  • Sandra Rowan
  • Kathy Rushton
  • Michelle Ryan
  • Abby Saleh
  • Dr Graham Sattler
  • Danielle Saunders
  • Prof Wayne Sawyer
  • Jenny Scheffers
  • Sam Schroder
  • Andy Sexton
  • Rayanne Shakra
  • Jane Sherlock
  • Sarah Skelton
  • Elaine Slawski
  • Tim Sloane
  • David Smith
  • Bill Spence
  • Dan Sprange
  • Alex Stewart
  • Jim Sturgiss
  • Rosie Sugden
  • Dr Louise Sutherland
  • Nicole Tainsh
  • Darren Tayler
  • Prof Jim Tognolini
  • Kerry Toomey
  • Nathan Towney
  • Brian Trench
  • Julian Trollor
  • Vesna Veljkovic
  • Tristen Vella
  • Claudia Vera
  • Steward Vidler
  • Margaret Vos
  • Jenny Walker
  • Prof Megan Watkins
  • David Watson
  • Natasha Watt
  • Lesley Wickens
  • Jenny Williams
  • Eddie Woo
  • Kathy Wyber
  • Susan Yabsley
  • Gary Zadkovich
  • Katina Zammit
Dr Lorraine (Lorri) Beveridge

Dr Lorraine (Lorri) Beveridge is a sessional academic and independent consultant. She has published articles on aspects of teaching subject English in primary schools. Her doctoral research area is the impact and sustainability of collaborative teacher professional learning.

Kerry Boyenga

Kerry Boyenga has been working in Education for over thirty-five years. She studied at the Australian Catholic University and gained an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Education, a Batchelor of Teaching, and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education. She has been a teacher at several schools in her local area for over twenty-three years and is now teaching the local Indigenous language, dhurga at Bodalla Public School and Moruya Public School and at night classes to adults. Kerry has represented her community at local, regional, and state levels of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) for over thirty years. Kerry describes her role as teacher of Indigenous language in local schools as her perfect job.

Dr Mike Davis

Dr Mike Davis is Senior Lecturer of History at Griffith University in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science. Prior to joining Griffith University in 2012, he held appointments at the University of Tasmania and The University of Queensland. His publications include Crowd Actions in Britain and France: From the Middle Ages to the Modern World (2015); Liberty, Property and Popular Politics: England and Scotland, 1688-1815 (2015); and Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848 (2019).

Dr Rose Dixon

Dr Roselyn Dixon has been a special education teacher in both mainstream and special education settings in primary and secondary schools. Rose has been in academia and involved with Inclusive Education for more than 25 years. She has published research in the fields of social skills and behavioural interventions for people with a range of disabilities including students with Oppositional Defiance Disorders and Autism.

She has been actively involved in examining the relationship between digital technologies and pedagogy in special education and inclusive classrooms for students with Autism as well as the implications of the NDIS on people with disabilities in rural and remote communities. Rose is an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Education, University of Wollongong, where she was previously the Academic Director of Inclusive and Special Education. She continues to support doctoral students in Inclusive and Special education with a focus on Autism. 

Waine Donovan

Waine Donovan is currently the NSW Teachers Federation Organiser based in Queanbeyan. He is a proud Brindja Yuin man from the South Coast of New South Wales.

Waine worked for ten years at Mogo Public School as an Aboriginal Teachers Aide (ATA) later changed to Aboriginal Education Assistant (AEA). Whilst at Mogo Public School, he fulfilled the role as representative for ATAs/AEAs with the PSA.

Prior to becoming an Organiser, he taught at Bodalla Public School and Broulee Public School on the South Coast for seventeen years. During the last nine years of his time teaching in schools, he was a member of the NSW Teachers Federation Executive.

Waine and his sister Kerry Boyenga both taught the Dhurga Language to all students and teachers at Broulee Public School over four and a half years as well as Certificate 1 in Aboriginal Languages at Moruya TAFE twice, to local Indigenous community members.

Waine held the position of Federation Representative in both schools that he taught in and was also a Federation Councillor for over ten years and an Annual Conference delegate during that time.

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards is an English teacher and school leader, currently working as a Leadership Adviser with the Department of Education’s School Leadership Institute (SLI). 

Lisa was Head Teacher Wellbeing at Bossley Park High School, Head Teacher English at Engadine High School and Deputy Principal at Port Hacking High School, and has worked extensively with teachers across NSW in quality assessment and programming in collaboration with the Department of Education’s Secondary Education team, and has presented for the English Teachers’ Association. 

Lisa is currently supporting middle leaders and aspiring leaders in NSW public schools through the work of the SLI. She is a strong advocate for public education and educational equity, dedicated to supporting teachers in public schools to maximise learning outcomes for our students. 

Lisa received an Australian Council for Educational Leaders award and a Premier’s Award for Public Service in 2017 for her work leading the lifting of literacy and HSC achievement at Engadine High School. 

Hannah Gillard

Hannah Gillard is a non-binary academic in the final stages of their PhD at the University of Sydney. Hannah’s doctoral research area is LGBTQ+ diversity in the workplace.

Belinda Giudice

Belinda Giudice displays a deep commitment to public education. She began her career at Merrylands High School and was Co-Principal there from 2012-2015. She has been the Principal of Canterbury Boys High School and is the current Principal of Prairiewood High School. Belinda has presented at state and national levels in the areas of: Quality Teaching, Leadership, and Student Wellbeing. Belinda displays a passion not to accept the status quo and to make structural improvements that lead to real and required change. She has received numerous education awards including: an NSW Australian College of Educational Leadership Award, an NSW Quality Teaching Award, a Public Education Foundation Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service, a New South Wales Secondary Deputy Principals Association (NSWSDPA) Fellowship and is a NSWSDPA Life Member. Belinda is a visionary leader who is passionate about contributing to the education community.

Karen Graham

Karen Graham has been teaching and leading in south west Sydney for the past 19 years. For the past 3 years, she has been a relieving Deputy Principal and Instructional Leader at Blairmount Public School. Karen was accredited as a Highly Accomplished Teacher in 2017 and believes that accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher is a great way to recognise and promote the expertise of our teaching profession.

Melinda Haskett

Melinda Haskett is a national certified Highly Accomplished teacher and has taught in Southwest Sydney high schools for almost 15 years. For the past 5 years she has been working at the system level for the NSW Department of Education providing strategic advice and executive support on a range of reforms and initiatives. Melinda is currently working with the Department’s COVID Taskforce.

Melinda is a strong advocate for national certification, is a founding member of the AITSL HALT Steering Committee and in 2018 led the first ever HALT Forum for certified Department teachers in NSW. She is a member of the NESA, Moderation and Consistency Committee and contributes to a range of reports, panels and professional learning events around the role of certification in building the status of the teaching profession.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry is currently Head Teacher of English at Cherrybrook Technology High School and has taught senior English for many years. Steve has been the Supervisor of Marking in the Texts and Human experiences module.  

He has been involved in writing study guides and articles for the Sydney Morning Herald and the ETA on a range of HSC topics. Steve has a love for creative and innovative writing.

Rosemary Henzell

Rosemary Henzell is currently Head Teacher English at Canterbury Girls High School. She has contributed to the Journal of Professional Learning as well as CPL podcasts, and has been published in the Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She has a keen interest in Load Reduction Instruction as a means to manage cognitive load and Project Zero’s work in Creating Cultures of Thinking.

Jowen Hillyer

Jowen Hillyer is currently a Curriculum Advisor with the Department of Education in HSC strategy.

She has been a teacher, head teacher and teacher educator for 28 years, with experience in both rural and disadvantaged public schools . Most recently at Aurora College, the Department of Education’s first selective virtual school for rural and remote students (7-10) and remote students in Stage 6.  Jowen also spent 3 years as an Associate Lecturer at The University of Sydney in English method.

She has regularly contributed to the Journal of Professional Learning, CPL podcasts and recently has had a peer reviewed article published on post pandemic teaching in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Jowen has resumed her doctoral studies (after a long hiatus)  with her PhD topic exploring AI/pre-purchased resources vs experiential teaching for Stage 6.

Emma Mansfield

Emma Mansfield is Deputy Principal at Macarthur Girls High School and relieved as Principal for a substantial amount of time. She is currently working as Leader, School Excellence in the NSW Department of Education. Throughout her career, Emma has worked in a range of different teaching and leadership roles both within schools and across the national and state education systems. Since gaining Lead accreditation in 2017, Emma has been a passionate advocate for the certification process. She has extensive experience in supporting teachers to undertake the process of accreditation and in promoting how school leaders can use this process to improve teacher quality and enhance school improvement. She has been heavily involved in a range of system wide initiatives as well as formal and informal mentoring programs at a school, network and system level. Emma regularly contributes to the wider dialogue surrounding accreditation at numerous events including the International Forum for Teacher Regulatory Authorities, and ACEL National Conference.

Prof Jacqueline Manuel

Jacqueline Manuel is Professor of English Education at the University of Sydney, Aust. She co-ordinates and teaches secondary English curriculum in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program. Her most recent publications include: International Perspectives on English Teacher Development: From Initial Teacher Education to Highly Accomplished Professional. (Routledge, 2022), co-edited with Goodwyn, Roberts, Scherff, Sawyer, Durrant, and Zancanella.; and Reimagining Shakespeare Education: Teaching and Learning through Collaboration (Cambridge University Press, 2023) co-edited with Liam Semler and Claire Hansen.

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. He is a union official with the MUA and is an advocate in the campaign for a constitutionally enshrined Voice – the key proposal in the Uluru Statement. Thomas is the author of four books published by Hardie Grant Publishing, and has articles and essays published in The Guardian, Griffith Review, The Saturday Paper, and Sydney Morning Herald.

Deb McPherson

Deb McPherson is a reader, author and lover of books. She is an English teacher who has spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, Head Teacher, Deputy, BOS Curriculum Officer and DET Manager of English as well as lecturing and tutoring at tertiary institutions.  

She spent many years on the committee selecting the HSC texts and reviews texts for English classrooms in AATE’s English in Australia. 

A/Prof Tony Moore

Associate Professor Tony Moore is Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies at Monash University and former Director of its National Centre for Australian Studies. Tony is author of the critically acclaimed Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians since 1868 (2012), Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788 – 1868 (2010), adapted as a TV documentary (2015) and The Barry McKenzie Movies (2005). Tony is lead investigator on the ARC Discovery Project Fringe to Famous: Australian culture as an innovation system (2014) and the ARC Linkage Project Conviction Politics: the convict routes of Australian democracy (2019):

Tony was specialist consultant on the major exhibition Bohemian Melbourne, held at State Library Victoria 2014-15

He is a former ABC TV documentary maker and commissioning editor at Pluto Press and Cambridge University Press. His documentaries include Bohemian Rhapsody: rebels of Australian culture, TimeFrame history of ASIO, Lost in Space: Australians in their cities and Nobody’s Children.

Lila Mularczyk

Lila Mularczyk’s commitment to education was recognised by being honoured with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM). Lila has been contributing to public education for 40 years. She currently is undertaking a portfolio of work including leading or participating on multiple National and State Education Boards and Reference Groups and projects (including, PEF, ACE, UTS, UNSW, NSWTF and CPL.) tertiary professional experience officer, coach and mentor, UNSW Gonski Institute, State and Vice Chair ACE, supporting HALT’s, tertiary lecturer, work in and for schools, research, contract work, critical friend, innovation projects etc.

Prior, Lila was the Director, Secondary Education, at the Department of Education. Immediately prior to this, Lila was President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC) from 2012 to 2016. As President and as a school Principal, Lila represented Public Education around Australia, and frequently globally, at conferences over many years. Lila was Principal at Merrylands High School for 15 years until 2016.

Maurie Mulheron

Maurie Mulheron was a teacher for 34 years, including 10 as a high school principal. He was an active member of the NSW Teachers’ Federation (NSWTF) throughout his working life for which he was awarded Life Membership. In 2011 he was elected President of the NSWTF, taking up the position in 2012. He served four terms until 2020, elected unopposed each time. Between 2016-2020, he was also Deputy Federal President of the Australian Education Union, to which he was awarded Life Membership in 2020. Maurie played a central role in the schools funding, salaries, staffing and save TAFE campaigns throughout this period.

Maurie is currently Director of the Centre for Public Education Research (CPER).

Michael Murray

Michael Murray is a former English teacher, head teacher and chief education officer, and working as an independent consultant in English and literacy K-12.

Lorri and Michael share a website that provides resources for teachers in subject English: Their shared passion is teaching the big ideas of English through the vehicle of quality texts.

Prof Greg Noble

Greg Noble is Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Greg has been involved in research in multiculturalism and education for thirty years. His interests have centred around the relations between youth, ethnicity, gender and schooling, as well as aspects of curriculum and pedagogy in multicultural education programs. He also has broader research interests in issues of migration and intercultural relations, with a particular focus on the Lebanese diaspora.

Joanne Rossbridge

Joanne Rossbridge is an independent language and literacy consultant working in both primary and secondary schools and with teachers across Australia. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant with the DET (NSW). Her expertise and much of her experience is in working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Joanne is particularly interested in student and teacher talk and how talk about language can assist the development of language and literacy.

Kathy Rushton

Kathy Rushton is interested in the development of language and literacy especially in disadvantaged communities. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant and provides professional learning for teachers in the areas of language and literacy development. Her current research projects include a study of multilingual pre-service teachers and the impact that teacher professional learning has on the development of a creative pedagogical stance which supports translanguaging and student identity and wellbeing.

Abby Saleh

Abby Saleh is a NESA Accredited Highly Accomplished Teacher currently working as Deputy Principal Instructional Leader at Fairfield Public School. As a former refugee and proud product of public education, Abby has over 20 years’ experience working with low socio-economic communities and is passionate about building teacher capacity to support CALD students and their families. Her mantra is “Never Stop Learning”. To learn more about the process of accreditation at the higher levels, see Abby Saleh’s article in this edition of the Journal of Professional Learning.

Prof Wayne Sawyer

Professor Wayne Sawyer is Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and is a member of the Centre for Educational Research. Before joining UWS, he was a secondary Head of English in Western Sydney. Wayne is the author/editor of over 30 books on education for audiences of teachers and academics. His research interests are in secondary education, in particular secondary English teaching, literacy policy and effective teaching – the latter in particular in low SES contexts. His most recent book – co-authored with Geoff Munns, Bronwyn Cole and the UWS Fair Go team for Routledge – is entitled Exemplary teachers of students in poverty and highlights the work of a number of teachers in NSW who are highly successful in engaging students from low SES communities with their education. Wayne has a particular interest in the work of teachers-as-researchers. 

Rayanne Shakra

Rayanne Shakra is a NESA sponsored scholarship doctoral student at the Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment CEMA) and a sessional academic at The University of Sydney.

Prof Jim Tognolini

Professor Jim Tognolini is Director of The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment (CEMA) which is situated within the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work. The work of the Centre is focused on the broad areas of teaching, research, consulting and professional learning for teachers.

The Centre is currently providing consultancy support to a number of schools. These projects include developing a methodology for measuring creativity; measuring 21st Century Skills; developing school-wide practice in formative assessment. We have a number of experts in the field: most notably, Professor Jim Tognolini, who in addition to conducting research offers practical and school-focused support.

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards is a school leader passionate about the potential of public education to change lives.

With over 20 years of experience with the NSW Department of Education, working in schools in Sydney’s south and southwest, Lisa is an English teacher by training, and at heart. Her leadership journey has included the roles of Head Teacher Wellbeing, Head Teacher English, and Deputy Principal. She has developed resources and presented on assessment, pedagogy and programming, working in collaboration with the Department’s secondary curriculum team, and has published and presented for the NSW English Teachers’ Association. Lisa received an Australian Council for Educational Leaders award and a Premier’s Award for Public Service for her work leading improvement in literacy and HSC achievement, and currently presents for the NSW Teachers’ Federation’s Centre for Professional Learning on leading lifting achievement and quality assessment practice.

Lisa is a strong advocate for public education and educational equity, dedicated to supporting teachers in public schools to maximise learning outcomes and, therefore, opportunities for our students. 

Prof Megan Watkins

Megan Watkins is Professor in the School of Education and Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Her research interests lie in the cultural analysis of education exploring the impact of cultural diversity on schooling and the ways in which different cultural practices can engender divergent habits and dispositions to learning. Megan is the recipient of two Australian Research Council Linkage Grants: ‘Rethinking Multiculturalism/ Reassessing Multicultural Education’ and ‘Discipline and Diversity: Cultural Practices and Dispositions of Learning’.