Speakers

Maria Peters

Maria Peters

Maria PetersMaria Peters has extensive experience in the vocational and tertiary sector, holding a wide range of management, leadership and governance roles. Ms Peters currently chairs the Adult Community and Further Education Board, is a Board member of the VRQA and...

Victoria Wilson

Victoria Wilson

Manager, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Language and Learning, USQ College

Lindee Conway

Lindee Conway

Lindee ConwayLindee Conway is always curious to hear from other educators how they get their ideas, and then shape them into great teaching that meets their learners needs. She always wants to celebrate how this happens alongside, or in spite of funding parameters....

Geri Pancini

Geri Pancini

Geri PanciniGeri Pancini has a long history as an educator. In addition to classroom teaching in schools, she also taught and held management positions in VET and Higher Education in Victoria and the Northern Territory. She also spent 4 years as a researcher in the...

Karen Dymke

Karen Dymke

Karen DymkeKaren Dymke has had a very rich adventure in education, starting out as a teacher then taking a hard right turn to work with Literacy learners in Community Education, swerving to work with and develop curriculum for at risk youth, landing into TAFE Access...

Liz Gunn

Liz Gunn

Liz GunnLiz Gunn is a member of the VALBEC committee and also the VALBEC representative on ACAL – Liz is committed to promoting language and literacy education She finds literacy fascinating: our literate environment is always changing and giving her something new to...

Jodie Whitehurst

Jodie Whitehurst

Jodie WhitehurstJodie Whitehurst teaches EAL to adult learners at Williamstown Community and Education Centre. Formerly a secondary school Drama and English teacher, she takes great pleasure in bringing her classes to life through performative (drama and music)...

Holly Armstrong

Holly Armstrong

Holly ArmstrongHolly Armstrong has supported adult learners in multiple contexts, and for the past 5 years has specifically worked with non-traditional and struggling college students. She has also seen shame impact learners in all levels of the U.S. education system...

Leonie Francis

Leonie Francis

Leonie FrancisI'm currently a TAFE NSW Head Teacher and Literacy Numeracy specialist, I've worked in TAFE NSW for 30 years and have taught workplace programs, face to face and connected learning programs as well as pre-vocational/preparation for work type courses. I...

Karen Ward

Karen Ward

Ms Karen WardKaren is currently Program Manager for Our Story Time as well as Head Teacher, managing multiple campuses across a wide geographical area. Karen has worked in TAFE for 30 years and has significant experience in a wide range of programs using various...

Robyn MacRae

Robyn MacRae

Ms Robyn MacRae Robyn is a very experienced teacher in foundation skills and prevocational skills and brings great creativity into all aspects of her work. Robyn is also an accomplished and award winning photographer. Robyn ensures that the student remains at the...

Wendy Draayers

Wendy Draayers

Wendy DraayersWendy Draayers is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Specialised Skills Institute, a role she has been in for 3 years. She has worked for over 30 years in senior roles across the education, not-for-profit, community...

Nadia Casarotto

Nadia Casarotto

Nadia CasarottoNadia Casarotto is one the Curriculum Maintenance Managers for General Studies and Further Education based at Victoria University. Part of her role includes the monitoring and maintenance of Victorian crown copyright accredited curriculum in the...

Margaret Corrigan

Margaret Corrigan

Margaret CorriganMargaret Corrigan is CEO of Carringbush Adult Education. She has worked in various education sectors for many years, in the Asia-Pacific, as well as Australia. In her 2017 Fellowship with the International Specialised Skills Institute, Margaret...

Konstantina Vlahos

Konstantina Vlahos

Konstantina VlahosI began working in the adult literacy sector in 2006 and have worked at PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education) as a literacy and EAL teacher since 2007. I really appreciate this year’s VALBEC propositions, as after all this time, I am...

Deryn Mansell

Deryn Mansell

Deryn MansellDeryn Mansell is a freelance editor and accredited member of the Institute of Professional Editors of Australia. She has edited Fine Print since 2018 and is also a writer and a teacher.

Linno Rhodes

Linno Rhodes

Linno RhodesLinno Rhodes is a lifelong learner and is currently trying to improve her cooking skills by watching Masterchef Junior. She is on the VALBEC committee.

Anh Le

Anh Le

Anh LeAnh Le has been working in English language education in Australia for twelve years, mainly in the Skills for Education and Employment Program (SEE) and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). Anh is currently working as a teacher at Chisholm Institute of...

Elaine Gillespie

Elaine Gillespie

Elaine GillespieElaine is a highly experienced teacher and veteran unionist who likes nothing better than getting out on the streets to campaign. She has doorknocked for two state elections now and is always impressed by how happy people are to talk once they discover...

Serena O’Meley

Serena O’Meley

Serena O'MeleySerena O'Meley has been part of the industrial and organising staff of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) since 2004. For most of that time she has worked for union members at La Trobe University, RMIT University, and more recently at medical...

Carmel Davies

Carmel Davies

Carmel DaviesCarmel has wide experience teaching EAL/D focussing on literacy and employment skills. She has written and co-written numerous EAL/D resources including What’s the Law? Australian Law for New Arrivals, Pictures to Words Book and Sing with me. She was...

Sharon Duff

Sharon Duff

Sharon DuffSharon has been teaching English for over 20 years to new arrivals of all language levels from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has created numerous teaching materials, including writing text book and e-learning resources for the Australia-wide Distance...

Liam Frost-Camilleri

Liam Frost-Camilleri

Liam Frost-CamilleriLiam Frost-Camilleri has taught in Primary, Secondary, TAFE and tertiary levels of education since 2005. Recently presenting at NCVER and AVETRA conferences, Liam has begun to research literacy and numeracy education in VET institutions, obtaining...

Lynne Matheson

Lynne Matheson

Lynne MathesonLynne has been involved in education all her life. After starting her career as a secondary school drama and English teacher, she worked as an adult literacy teacher, coordinator of further education and volunteer programs. She was a member of the VALBEC...

Serena Cecco

Serena Cecco

Serena CeccoSerena Cecco is an interpreter and translator, language consultant and language trainer for private companies. She has been professor of Interpreting and Translation since 2006 in BA and MA courses: she teaches consecutive, simultaneous and dialogue...

Sabina Fata

Sabina Fata

Sabina FataSabina Fata is a translator, interpreter, lecturer and trainer with a passion for technology. As a translation technology expert, she has been teaching computer-aided translation and terminology management to professional translators for 20 years. From 2011...

Lana Harasymiv

Lana Harasymiv

Lana HarasymivLana Harasymiv has has worked in English language education for almost 30 years in both Australia and Japan where she taught EFL for 12 years. She worked both as a teacher and an educational manager in a variety of settings including in high schools,...