Nominations for two vacant positions
Therese Gawthorne (NSW) has a Master of Instructional Leadership, University of Melbourne 2016 and Master of Education, Leadership, University of Western Sydney 2011, building on a Diploma and Bachelor of Education degree and 30 years experience as a classroom teacher with NSW Department of Education (including 20 years as assistant principal and three years in rural positions). Therese has been, and continues to be, an instructional leader in English and literacies across learning areas. She believes in the need to share with beginning teachers the importance and value of professional associations, to support and advocate for the profession, to support teachers in managing ever-increasing workloads, to ensure teachers and students are well-prepared for the future, and to promote and preserve the value of quality texts in a digital world.
Therese is passionate about children’s literature, the teaching of English, striving for continuous improvement and passing on her experience and enthusiasm to teachers across schools. She is currently a Curriculum Advisor for the NSW Department of Education, within the division of school services — providing curriculum implementation and operational, strategic and responsive support to communities of schools and individual schools. Therese is also a member of the NSW HSIE Advisory Committee.
Julie Hayes (SA) has been Principal of Cowandilla Primary School for 16 years and retired in January this year. Cowandilla Primary is a PETAA member school and seen as a regional and state wide leader in good literacy teaching practice. During her time as Principal Julie was seconded for a year to lead a mentoring program for leaders and Aboriginal teachers, and for a further year as an Education Department Literacy Advisor. In addition to 25 years experience in working on not-for-profit schools Boards, Julie has been on the Board of the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) for five years, for three years as Vice President and eight months as President. She has also been on the National Board of the Australian Government Primary Principals Association (APPA) for three and a half years.
Julie believes we need to convince teachers, leaders and decision makers that good literacy teaching is based on good theory and deep understanding about how language works in different texts and contexts, and that we need to grow knowledge, expertise and trust in our teachers. In 2018 she received the John Laing award for ‘Outstanding leadership in providing professional leadership in schools,’ across South Australia (an APPA award). In 2019 Julie was made a life member of SAPPA in recognition of her contribution in supporting principals across South Australia.