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)
Having just finished my Masters of Teaching Thesis in Progressive Education, what better way to put my money where my mouth is than to start a progressive school! I bring my experience and qualifications in outdoor education, youth work, counselling, and of course teaching to this exciting endeavour. I am passionate about the development social and emotional intelligence and creating calm and inclusive learning environments. Create the conditions where kids feel safe and supported to take risks and be vulnerable and they will thrive academically. I will strive to lead this wonderful team of teachers and young entrepreneurs to create a school unlike any other in both its innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum and in the strength of its therapeutic 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 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.
Paul is an Architect with a particular interest in design. After studying architecture at RMIT (Melbourne) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), Paul has enjoyed lengthy spells with some of the most high profile architectural practices in Melbourne, including DCM, Nation Fender, John Wardle Architects and NH Architecture, and contributed to buildings such as the AWM Aircraft Exhibition Hall (Canberra), Australian Embassies (Beijing and Tokyo) and 50 Lonsdale Street (Melbourne).
Vincent is a secondary school teacher who has worked in both Melbourne and Canberra. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the Australian National University, with a thesis exploring the changing reality of Australian literature in an age of migration and multiculturalism. He has since completed a Masters of Teaching at Deakin University, as a part of the Teach For Australia program.
Vincent is a passionate believer in the (very intuitive) notion that everybody deserves fair opportunities in life. He became interested in the Global Village School because he believes that there are a vast number of students being left behind in the current system. He hopes that the success of the Global Village Education Project and other similar projects will help break the notion that the “traditional” model of school is an effective one for every student. He is taking a supporting role in assisting in the development of the project.
Roz Mountain has been a research assistant at the University of Melbourne for several years. Most recently, she joined the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) team to support the investigation of the link between learning environments, teacher practice and student outcomes. Previous experience includes educational assessment and policy evaluation at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her particular interests are in evaluation, measurement, twenty first century skills, and in particular, student agency, access, equity and diversity. She has been accepted as a candidate for the Teach for Australia 2020 cohort.
Kate never thought she would be a teacher. Seeing her mum work tirelessly throughout her career as a teacher, it did not seem like a good idea. However, what she did not anticipated was the passion and energy that comes from working with young people. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Asia and Pacific Studies at the Australian National University, she went onto complete the Teach for Australia program and complete a Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne.
Kate is now a secondary school teacher and loves her job, but more importantly loves her students. So much so, that she could no longer sit by and watch educational disadvantage impact on the lives of our young people. In the 21st century there should be educational options for all students, including those that do not fit into the ‘traditional’ schooling mould. Global Village School aims to help fill this gap. As a part of this project she is assisting with the creation of a business plan and application for funding.