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SA Committee

Ms Pam Ronan, FACE
State President

Pam Ronan is the Principal of St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker, current President of ACE SA Branch and a member of the SACE Board of SA. She is also the former Chair of TAFESA Regional Institute Council and the current chairperson of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools in South Australia.

In 2006, Pam was awarded the MacKillop Distinguished Educator Medal by the College and in 2011 was made a Fellow. A keen interest in community based collaboration led to her working in remote Indigenous mining regions with the Minerals division of BHP, and underpinned the development of an innovative case management program for disengaged students in the South East region of SA. As well as working in marketing, business development and strategic planning in business and industry, Pam has teaching experience in the school, TAFE and university sectors.

Dr Di Russell, FACE
Secretary

During twenty years as a leader in DECD, Di Russell completed studies towards a Masters and then a PhD in Aboriginal Education. In addition to this study, and many years as a mainstream teacher, she has taught Aboriginal students from Reception to Year 12 in both rural and remote parts of the state and supported teachers to work with Aboriginal students.

Di has presented papers on how to support Aboriginal students in their schooling at numerous conferences across Australia and published in a variety of journals.

She retired from DECD at the end of 2004 and then worked as a consultant in Aboriginal Education and a tutor of Aboriginal students at university studying to become secondary teachers. Di was awarded a Fellowship in 2011 for her work in Aboriginal Education, something which remains her passion.

She has been Secretary of the SA ACE Branch since 2006.

Ms Elizabeth Andrew, MACE

Elizabeth Andrew has many years of experience as an educator in primary and secondary schools in DECD and the independent schooling system. As Head of Middle School at Trinity College in SA, she was recognised by the then Commonwealth Minister of Education for her exemplary ‘Policy for Students with Disabilities’.

Elizabeth is currently working in corporate DECD where she is responding to the needs of students, parents, educators and communities and providing workshops and departmental policy direction. More recently she has developed a pilot project within DECD Aboriginal Services, to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of Aboriginal students.

Elizabeth has also been responsible for the design and implementation of a National Assessment tool COMPASS, through the Australian Council of Educational Research for students at risk of not completing their schooling.

Mr Jason Loke, MACE
President-Elect

Jason Loke started his teaching career as a relief teacher in the remote Indigenous community school at Kalkaringi (Wave Hill) working with both primary and secondary students in Maths and IT. This amazing and dynamic environment gave Jason an appreciation of the inherent complexity of the Australian educational landscape. A term contract at Willunga High School was immediately followed up with an offer of a teaching position at the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS).

He has recently taken up a position with Principals Australia Institute (PAI) as the Associate Director of Innovations and Professional Learning, primarily focussed on the development and delivery of technology rich professional learning opportunities for educators across Australia. Jason is also heavily involved in the delivery of the Child Protection Curriculum as part of the DECD requirements for all South Australian educators.

Dr Lynda MacLeod, MACE

Lynda MacLeod is a dedicated educator with extensive school and sector educational leadership expertise and experience, particularly in secondary education. She has responsibility for Secondary Curriculum, Special Needs, Digital Technologies and Learning, and Vocational Education and Training at the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. She is a member of the Teachers registration Board of South Australia and a committee member of the SA Branch of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. She is a casual lecturer in the masters of education degree program at Adelaide University.

Lynda has provided educational leadership, improvement support and performance management at a school and sector level over many years. She has extensive knowledge of curriculum development and quality teaching and is committed to building the capacity of schools to provide high challenge pedagogy. Her academic and practice background has helped her to develop a deep understanding of the importance of supporting and advancing teacher and school leader quality in independent schools.

Michael Murphy MACE

Michael Murphy began his education experiences through Volleyball Referee training across South Australia while studying a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Secondary Teaching. He continued his studies at Flinders University and completed a Masters in Gifted Education before taking on a role as a middle school teacher at St Francis de Sales College in the Adelaide Hills. Michael now has a leadership role within the middle school team. His focus in the classroom is the use of creative questions to foster student learning.

Michael is the chair of the Australian College of Educators Young Professionals Network, a group aimed at advocacy, support, and excellence in Early Career Education. His team presented at the 2015 National Conference, marking a successful first year of leadership within the SA branch of the Australian College of Educators.

Dr Susanne Owen, MACE

Susanne Owen has over 30 years’ experience as a primary and secondary school teacher in various states of Australia and overseas

Her research and consultancy work encompasses education, as well as a range of other disciplines including law education, pharmacy, speech pathology, mental health, podiatry, and occupational therapy.

Until recently, Susanne was the SA Education Department leader for Innovative Learning Environments within an OECD project.

She holds positions as an Academic Developer in the Learning and Teaching Unit and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of South Australia and is currently working internationally in Papua (Indonesia), conducting an evaluation with local researchers regarding ICT in schools.

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