The Team

Our team is supported by a board of advisers which currently includes: Peter Hutton (Templestowe College Principal, Educational Consultant), Melodie Potts-Rosevear (CEO and Founder of Teach For Australia), Simon Le Plastrier (Eltham College Principal)

Eric
Eric Woodward
Board Member and Committee Chair

My job as a teacher has always been to create the conditions (both relational and environmental) where kids feel safe and supported to take risks in their learning. My Masters of Teaching thesis in progressive education helped me identify best practices across our system and that, along with my experience in outdoor education, counseling and of course teaching, will help me to lead our exciting and much needed project. It takes a village indeed, and I believe that this wonderful team of teachers and educational entrepreneurs can create a school unlike any other in both its innovative curriculum and in the strength of its community. I commit to work with humility and integrity, collaborating with educational leaders and drawing from the latest research while always putting our young people at the centre of the work.

Whitney
Whitney Munroe
Board Member and Committee Member

Whitney is a global educator who has experience working in educational systems around the world. Whitney taught secondary mathematics in the United States through the Teach For America program. She then moved to Melbourne to complete her Master's Degree in International Education Policy at the University of Melbourne in 2014.

Over the past five years, Whitney has worked as a teaching coach, professional learning designer, international learning differences fellow, and Assistant Principal. Whitney brings her passion for teaching and learning to the Global Village School. She is dedicated to supporting all students and providing equity through education. Whitney currently works at the Victorian Department of Education and is supporting the Global Village School to make our vision a reality.

Mark Crosby
Mark Crosby
Board Member

Mark Crosby is an experienced Tertiary education and manager, who joined Monash University as the Director of the Bachelor of International Business Program at Monash Business School in October 2016. Prior to this Mark was on the faculty and held a number of administrative roles including Associate Dean (Programs) and Associate Dean (International) at Melbourne Business School. Mark graduated with a PhD from Queen’s University in Canada in 1993, and prior to joining Monash Mark had academic appointments at the University of Toronto, the University of New South Wales, and Melbourne University.

Simon Le Plastrier
Simon Le Plastrier
Board Member

Simon Le Plastrier commenced as Principal of ELTHAM College in January 2014, with a desire to reinforce and consolidate ELTHAM’s strong reputation as a leader in schooling.

Up until December 2013, Simon was the Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at Trinity Grammar School in Kew. In 2001, he produced The Trinity Parents’ Alcohol & Drug Resource Book which is in use all around Australia. Before his appointment at Trinity Grammar, Simon was a highly regarded Deputy Head of Campus at Ivanhoe Grammar Schools – Plenty Campus, where he established a culture of care, commitment and focus. Elsewhere, Simon has been a Board member of Berengarra School. Berengarra was established in 1976 by Ken Jago and Bruce Wicking, educators who recognised that not all young people are capable of success in a mainstream school environment. Simon was a member of the Board from the early 2000s and Chair for five years. He has a real commitment to schools that provide reengagement programs for young people.

Brent Ryan
Brent Ryan
Board Member

Brent Ryan is current Team Leader of Learning and Development at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. His work focuses on leading a team to enhance the skills and practice of 700+ staff at VACCA, whilst providing professional development to the community service sector and DHHS, who engage with Aboriginal children and families.

Brent is of Mutthi Mutthi and Irish decent, which contributed to his decision to join VACCA. Up until 2018, he studied his Master of Teaching (Secondary) while teaching in a youth justice custodial setting via the Teach for Australia Leadership and Development Program.

Brent has a strong commitment to ensuring all young people are given the best education possible and from his own experiences, he understands education is the key driver to creating opportunities and breaking cycles.

Vyvyan Stranieri
Vyvyan Stranieri
Board Member

I am a qualified, registered and experienced Educator with a passion and commitment to social justice and inclusion in our schools. I have been fortunate to have worked in diverse educational settings for over 25 years. This includes arts/media cultural institutions, mainstream schools and alternative education.

B.A Cinema Studies La Trobe Uni

B.Ed Women's Studies/Multi-cultural Education La Trobe Uni

Dip.Ed Media Arts La Trobe Uni

Grad.Dip Visual Arts VCA

Master of Education University of Melbourne

Current Master Art Therapy MIECAT

Jan Owen
Jan Owen AM Hon DLit
Patron

Jan works at the intersection of social policy and innovation, education and entrepreneurship. She has founded and led multiple organisations and collaborations in Australia and internationally and is a sought after global speaker and strategy advisor.

Jan is the co-Convenor of Learning Creates Australia whose purpose is to lift Australia through a new era of learning and Principal of AdaptabilityQ, working with the World YMCA, Hatch, Miracle Foundation amongst others.

Jan was named one of Australia's True Leaders in 2018 and the Inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence in 2012 for her relentless commitment to unleashing the talent of young people, driving social innovation and entrepreneurship and leading change in education.

Alice Reynolds
Alice Reynolds
Committee Member

It became clear to Alice Reynolds through her work as a lawyer for children in the criminal justice and child protection systems, that education is a key protective factor for young people, particularly those who have experienced trauma. Looking to make an impact beyond the limits of the legal system, Alice studied her Master of Teaching (Secondary) while teaching in a youth justice custodial setting, as a part of the Teach For Australia Leadership and Development Program. Alice is now teaching in an alternative/flexible school in the community with a strong focus on a therapeutic, trauma-informed approach whilst maintaining high academic and social expectations. She believes that many lessons can be learnt from alternative models of schooling like that of the Global Village School.

Lena Mujkic
Elena Mujkic
Committee Member

Elena Mujkic has teaching experience across urban and regional environments, working with young people with complex needs. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at The University of Melbourne with majors in Italian and Linguistics as well as a Diploma of Language in French. During her honours year, Elena undertook research on the grammar of an indigenous language of the Northern Territory's northwest.

Through the Teach for Australia program, Elena taught English and French in Warrnambool on Victoria's southwest coast. She then moved to Katherine in the Northern Territory for three years to teach English and Humanities, as well as providing support to students from remote areas with their literacy. Recently she moved back to her hometown, Melbourne, and is teaching at-risk young people at a flexible learning centre. She is passionate about adapting educational systems in Australia to be more trauma-informed, for the benefit of all students and our greater society.

Angela Gibbs
Angela Gibbs
Committee Member

Angela is an educator who passionately believes in the power of education to transform society and people's lives. She currently works at a specialist independent school teaching and supporting students who have experienced trauma. She previously taught at a large government school in Perth. Angela brings to the education sector a breadth of experience including as a commercial lawyer working in both the corporate sector and for traditional owner groups throughout northern Australia, as a senior government policy advisor, and as a board member of a not-for-profit organisation.

Angela has a vision for an Australia where all students receive an equal and high standard of education, regardless of their economic, cultural or geographic background, and where education is inclusive and supportive. For this reason, Angela is eager to support the Global Village School to become a reality.

Chris Harris
Christopher Harris
Committee Member

I am a Victorian Secondary school teacher through the Teach for Australia program and am passionate about educational equity. I sought out Global Village School to give help to a project that I hope will give opportunities to students that would benefit from a different academic context. I also look forward to this school assisting in fostering innovation for the education sector while existing as a model for how we can effectively give our youth critical skills that they will need in all facets of their life. As time moves forward, I hope that this project will provide accessible, relevant and engaging education for the students that will need this most.

Maddy
Madeleine Bennetts
Committee Member

Maddy is a practicing Teacher with a range of experience working with students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from school. She completed her Masters of Teaching while working in a youth justice custodial setting, working with students aged between 10 and 22 years of age. Her Masters thesis focused on strategies teachers can use to encourage students of all ages to become independent readers.

Maddy is passionate about creating educational environments where all students feel a sense of belonging and can engage positively in rich learning experiences. She is currently teaching in an alternative setting in Melbourne’s East which aims to provide a flexible environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive. Prior to becoming a Teacher Maddy worked and volunteered for a range of education start ups in Australia and internationally.