Janette Gee is President of the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association and may be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janette is a passionate advocate of a strong, viable public education system with proactive leaders who support each other with professional knowledge and collegiality. She values the support she has enjoyed through the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association, reciprocating by serving on the committee (2010-13) and representing WASSEA through ASPA, AITSL, SCSA and ACARA. As president of WASSEA (since January 2014), she works with her colleagues to give WASSEA a voice in shaping our education system’s future both a locally and nationally and to support administrators and aspirants in this complex environment of change. Janette’s teaching background has been varied, with her initial specialities being English and Maths. In 2010 she was appointed principal of Yule Brook College – a school that operates with a Big Picture ethos – one student at a time in a community of learners. She also has a strong background teaching and leading in education support, inclusion, low SEI communities and Aboriginal education. Janette is committed to secondary schooling that recognises that every young person deserves a quality education and optimistic long term outcomes.
In 2013 Janette was awarded the Department of Education Woman of Achievement Award. In 2014 she was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award and was named Fellow of Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Honorary).
Michael Hall M.Ed, B.ED, Dip.T
Michael is the president of the ACT Principal’s Association (ACTPA), Principal of Erindale College and General Manager of the Erindale Education and Recreation Complex in Canberra. He was previously Principal of Lanyon High School in Canberra and Deputy Principal at Goulburn High School in NSW. Michael was the founding Manager of the Distance Education Centre at Karabar High School in Queanbeyan NSW. He has also worked as a professional rugby football referee and international referee coach with the Australian and International Rugby Unions.
Michael facilitated the national forum ‘Talking Heads’ for five years with principals’ from the National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals (NTCSSP) within the Ministry of Education in China attending in 2012. Both organisations emerged with strategic ‘Big Ideas’ for the future of secondary education in their respective countries. These ‘Big Ideas’ have been informing professional learning and influencing changes in policy and practice for principals in the two countries.
Peter Mader is President of the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association. He has been a secondary principal in Whyalla at Stuart High School (2001), and at two large Adelaide suburban schools, Salisbury East High School (2002-2006) and Hamilton Secondary College (2008 – 2014).
Peter’s educational interests include: leadership for 21st C learning, curriculum innovation, school improvement and accountability, and the “politics” of education.
Miriam McDonald is Principal of Taminmin College. She commenced education studies in Victoria and completed her Masters of Education in the Northern Territory. She trained as a home economics and science teacher and has taught in Victoria, South Australia and for the past 29 years in the Northern Territory. She has enjoyed working in remote Northern Territory communities, most recently at Maningrida as Assistant Principal. In 1996 she commenced at Taminmin College as a Senior Teacher and also filled the role of Assistant Principal before winning the Principal position in 2011.
Miriam is passionate about providing students with opportunities for success and was awarded the Arnhem and Palmerston Secondary Principal of the Year in 2013. She has also been a dedicated member of the home economics Professional Association, and was the National President for 2 years which involved advocacy in respect of the Australian Curriculum. She is proud of being Principal of Taminmin and strives to continually improve student learning and outcomes.