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WA Committee

Dr Geoffrey Kay, MACE
WA Regional President

Geoffrey Kay (Geoff) has broad teaching and administrative experience spanning several states and systems, including two SA secondary schools – Marion and Wirreanda High Schools and Canberra Grammar School; Canford School in the UK, Wesley College in Perth and currently Tranby College, where he is Head of the Middle School. Geoff's previous roles have included curriculum writer and examiner in Geography, Head of Geography and boarding housemaster. Geoff has also presented at many national and international conferences on middle schooling and the education of boys, and contributed to several professional organisations, including membership of ACE since 1989.

Associate Professor Tania Broadley, MACE
Immediate Past President

Tania Broadley is Academic Lead of the Curtin Learning Institute at Curtin University. She continues to conduct research into teacher education, which follows on from her background as Lecturer in Educational Technology for the School of Education at Curtin University, she taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, both face-to-face and online including Open University Australia (OUA) and regional programs.

Tania was Technology Project Manager for an ALTC grant and Research Associate with the Western Australian Hub of the National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR). From 2011–2014, she was State President of the Western Australian branch of the College. In 2014, Tania chaired the ACE National Council and was a member of the ACE Board.

Currently, Tania is a project member for the OLT funded project, ‘Building Resilience in Teacher Education' (BRiTE, 2013–2015) which will develop online modules to assist pre-service teachers build resilience for the profession. Tania is also working on ‘Mapping resources, activities and processes supporting the development of tertiary learning and teaching grant applications’, a strategic initiative grant funded by the OLT in 2014.

Dr Anne Coffey, MACE

Anne Coffey coordinates the Secondary programs in the School of Education at The University of Notre Dame, Australia Fremantle campus. Her fields of teaching and research include teaching early adolescents, curriculum and pedagogy, youth mentoring and teacher education. Anne has a particular research interest in primary/secondary school transition. Research in teacher education has included the use of video to develop reflection skills, service learning and the use of social media to develop a community of practice. Prior to joining UNDA Anne worked for the Education Department both as a secondary teacher and in school facilities planning.

Genevieve Baker

Over the past 25 years Genevie has been involved in Arts education within Catholic Schools. For 17 years she was a Head of the Arts Learning area and then moved to the Catholic Education office as an Arts Consultant in 2007. Genevie’s portfolio is vast and with the recent changes to the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) for 2015/2016 she is responsible for both the Arts and Vocational Education and Training. She is on many panels for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority to keep abreast with the changes in Education, which includes the Visual Art Examination Panel, the Arts Course Advisory Panels, the VET Awards Panel, Endorsed Programs Committee and an external marker for the written Visual Art examination. Genevie is also on the Executive for the Catholic Arts which takes in the Catholic Performing Arts, Carnevale and the Angelico Exhibition.

She is passionate about education and enjoys visiting schools and celebrate the creative talents of students within Catholic schools.

Dr Elaine Blake, FACE

Elaine Blake's extensive career includes teaching young children, working with undergraduate students in two West Australian (WA) universities and Head of an Independent Junior School in Perth. Her PhD from Curtin University investigated a socio-cultural perspective of learning and teaching science in early learning centres. Publishing includes being co-editor of the teacher resource book, Planting the Seeds of Science. Elaine has studied ECE internationally: Reggio Emilia in Italy, forest kindergartens in Scotland and emergent science skills in the UK and North America. Following 5 years as a consultant with the Association of Independent Schools Western Australian, Elaine is now senior consultant of Early Childhood Education and Care presenting seminars, workshops and coaching for early childhood communities throughout Australia. As a member of the Australian College of Educators she has served the ACE-WA branch committee since 1995, including the role of WA state president. Elaine is a grandmother of two healthy children, loves to travel, is fond of gardening and passionate about Australian Rules Football.

Mr Patrick Bourke, FACE

Patrick Bourke has been a principal of various sized Government schools for 38 years with a breadth of experience in primary, secondary, rural, remote, isolated, disadvantaged and high socio-economic educational environments. Patrick is currently researching for a doctorate at UWA on principals’ understanding of ‘Place’ and its impact on the enhancement of student learning. He has a strong interest in law, politics and education and fulfils his interests in these areas as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Western Australia, following educational policies of major political parties and the influence of minor and independent MPs and thoroughly being saturated as principal in his current school at Gooseberry Hill in the Perth Hills. Patrick has been active in promoting primary science by organising the State Solar Junior Model Boat Challenges for the AIMSC supported by Engineers Australia. He is a Fellow and Life Member of ACE, a WA State Committee member since 1998 in elected and coopted positions and an ex President of ACE(WA). In his spare time Patrick is currently Vice Chairman of YHA (WA), a keen historian with the National Trust (WA) and an avid numismatist.

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Ms Gemma Thomson, MACE

Gemma Thomson completed her Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) in 2014, majoring in Languages (Italian), Business and Religious Education. Additionally, Gemma was the recipient of the ACE Graduate Teacher Award at the University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Education 2014 Awards ceremony.

Gemma is currently employed as the Head of Religious Education at Iona Presentation College in Mosman Park, Western Australia, and was one of 40 educators selected to take part in the CEWA Studio Curious Design Thinking Accelerator Program in 2016. She has a strong interest in leadership and management in Educaton, and successfully completed the Catherine McAuley Award Program last year.

Prior to commencing her teaching career, Gemma’s previous professional roles include Business Internship Administrator for the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus and Human Resources Advisor for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Perth, Tom Price and Dampier, WA.

Dr Deborah Wake, MACE
National Policy Committee

Dr Deborah Wake has held teaching, leadership and consultancy positions across WA and abroad. Deborah’s commitment to quality teaching is evident in her roles as a Level Three Classroom Teacher Assessor, Support Teacher and Assessor of Proficient Teachers and National Assessor of the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Stages of the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). She has holds a Doctorate in education from University of WA which focuses on teacher standards at the graduate/ pre-service teacher levels. Formally Deborah’s Masters research focussed on leadership characteristics of principals in remote Kimberley schools. Deborah has taught in primary schools across WA, in undergraduate teacher education programs and in the online capacity with Open University Australia (OUA). She is currently a member of the national ACE Policy Committee.

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