Adrian Casten

Teaching Fellow

Burnside State High School QLD

Gubbi Gubbi Country

With a background as a mechanical engineer, Adrian has given his Burnside State High School students a flying start in STEM by establishing unique courses in aviation and using drones.

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Trent Cowley

Teaching Fellow

Kingston State School QLD

Gugingin and Yugambeh Speaking Country

When Trent became Principal of Kingston State School two years ago, the school had been identified as a Priority Support Review school characterised by extreme disadvantage, trauma, homelessness, poverty and unemployment.

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Jenna Cullen

Teaching Fellow

Marsden State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Jenna has been instrumental in shaping Australia’s next generation of teachers as Head of Teaching and Learning, Staff Development, and Performance at Australia’s largest high school – Marsden State High School.

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Daniel Edwards

Teaching Fellow

Montello Primary School TAS

Tommeginni Country

Transitioning from a general classroom teacher to become a STEM Specialist Teacher, Daniel has led a transformation in science and STEM education for students at Montello Primary School in Burnie.

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Toni Hatten-Roberts

Teaching Fellow

Mastery Schools Australia QLD

Bundjalung Country

When Toni saw a lack of educational opportunities for students struggling in mainstream schools, she set out to fix it by founding a new, independent, special assistance school where, as Director of Teaching and Learning, she could structure the school’s entire learning agenda.

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Michael Hornby

Teaching Fellow

Mabel Park State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Over the last seven years as Principal of Mabel Park State High School in Logan, Michael has transformed the school’s learning environment through a series of innovative interventions focused on supporting student wellbeing and engagement.

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Brendan Kenna

Teaching Fellow

Wilmot Road Primary School VIC

Ngurraiillam Country

As Deputy Principal at his regional Victorian school, Brendan has combined his passion for neuroscience and the impact of trauma on learning to create a unique culture of support for the students at Wilmot Road Primary School.

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Peter Langham

Teaching Fellow

Monterey Secondary College VIC

Boonwurrung Country

When Peter was appointed Acting Principal of Monterey Secondary College in 2019 – the school’s third leader that year – he was confronted with extremely low staff morale, high turnover, declining enrolments, poor student achievement, and children disengaged from learning.

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Fransina Norval

Teaching Fellow

Tennant Creek High School NT

Warumungu Country

As Senior Teacher – Inclusion at Tennant Creek High School, Fransina has combined culturally informed practices with her wealth of experience teaching in special education across three continents, to revolutionise her school’s support for students with complex needs.

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Ian Preston

Teaching Fellow

Murrumbidgee Regional High School NSW

Wiradjuri Country

During his time as Deputy Principal at Murrumbidgee Regional High School, Ian has championed STEM education and established himself as a leading teacher in this field across NSW, Australia and internationally.

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Stephanie Salazar

Teaching Fellow

John Purchase Public School NSW

Kur-ing-gai Country

Stephanie is the Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach at John Purchase Public School in north-western Sydney, where her expertise creating a network of teachers focused on professional development has transformed her school’s teaching and student learning.

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Shane Wilson

Teaching Fellow

Marble Bar Primary School WA

Nyamal Country

As Principal of the small, remote Marble Bar Primary School, located about 200km from Port Hedland, Shane has transformed the school into a state leader in culturally responsive STEM education.

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Justin Betts

Early Career Teacher

Sunnybank State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Justin has initiated and led incredibly successful esports programs introducing new career pathways for his students, as well as increasing enrolments and engagement in cutting-edge STEM subjects.

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Kylie Chatfield

Early Career Teacher

Christmas Island District High School WA

As a Science teacher at the remote Christmas Island District High School, Kylie’s passion for ‘all things science’ has helped to transform her students’ learning, through studying and developing an appreciation of the special place where they live.

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Jessica Cridland

Early Career Teacher

Monterey Secondary College VIC

Boonwurrung Country

As a teacher and the Year 7 Coordinator at Monterey Secondary College, Jessica has integrated trauma-informed practices and introduced innovative sporting programs to transform her students’ wellbeing and engagement in learning.

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Stella Ding

Early Career Teacher

The Ponds High School NSW

Dharug Country

In just four years of teaching at The Ponds High School, Stella has designed new and innovative STEM opportunities for her students and made impressive contributions to student wellbeing and her colleagues’ professional development during lockdown.

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Liudmyla Kovalev

Early Career Teacher

Loganlea State High School QLD

Waka Waka Country

Since moving to Australia fresh out of university, she has used her passion for teaching to find new ways of engaging her students’ and inspiring their passion for learning.

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Holly Millican

Early Career Teacher

South Grafton High School NSW

Gumbainggir Country

Holly’s dedication as a Maths teacher has inspired countless students at South Grafton High School and across NSW.

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Kathleen O’Rourke

Early Career Teacher

Cootamundra Public School NSW

Wiradjuri Country

At Cootamundra Public School in regional NSW, Kathleen has pioneered new data and research-informed teaching in her classroom to help her students on to greater levels of achievement.

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Alys Tipler

Early Career Teacher

Browns Plains State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Taking on key roles beyond her classroom, Alys has helped shape her school’s literacy strategies and established herself as a leader in her school community.

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Claire Vogan

Early Career Teacher

Minyerri School NT

Alawa Country

In three years at the remote Northern Territory school of Minyerri, Claire has had remarkable success in engaging the community to lift educational goals.

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Lauren Walters

Early Career Teacher

St Agnes Catholic High School NSW

Dharug Country

Lauren has an enthusiasm and passion for innovative learning that has greatly assisted the students at St Agnes Catholic High School in western Sydney, particularly her pioneering work in helping to develop the school’s online learning programs.

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