Rochelle is the Founder and Managing Director for Eduinfluencers, an organisation that provides professional learning programs, coaching and consultancy to schools in Australia and abroad.
She is an experienced Leadership Development facilitator, trainer, researcher, coach and school consultant. Rochelle has 15 years’ experience in the education sector, the last 6 working alongside school leadership and executive teams to build cohesiveness and high performance through professional development, feedback, self-reflection and behaviour change.
Her background extends to the University sector, where she has been responsible for the management of leadership and executive programs, working alongside some of the most dynamic, talented aspiring and emerging leaders around the world.
She also has extensive experience working with students and industry partners to facilitate and coordinate work integrated learning programs, and has assisted in the facilitation of pathways for minority students into undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Rochelle was also the 2018 International Vice President for Junior Chamber International – the largest youth organisation in the world, encouraging 18 – 40 year old to become active citizens in their communities through professional development opportunities that empower people to engage.
Michael is the Asia-Oceania representative on International Confederation of Principals Executive. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Principal’s Australia Research Foundation and a Director of Kulturebreak, a youth advocacy initiative.
He has been Deputy President of the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA) and Co-President of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Principal’s Association. He most recently was Principal of Erindale College and General Manager of the Erindale Education and Recreation Complex in Canberra.
He has also worked as a professional rugby football referee and international referee coach with the Australian and International Rugby Unions.
Natalie Dawes is a solutions-focused storyteller and strategist. With a long international leadership career, spanning small local business to major multinational corporations and from public service to the not-for-profit sector, Natalie has always been driven to unlock the potential of individuals to empower them, their organisations and their communities to flourish.
She is an award-winning business leader, a popular public speaker and a passionate leadership coach.
Natalie knows the highs and lows of leadership life. After experiencing her own burnout Natalie decided to share her knowledge, experience and ideas with as many people as possible so that their own leadership capabilities can take flight. She joins the Eduinfluencers team to help support education leaders build their self-awareness and achieve their self-development goals.
Jason has 20+ years experience and has been an educator in the ACT public school system since 1996. He has a primary school background as a teacher, Executive Teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal. He has led significant and successful school improvement as a Principal in complex settings in Low SES communities.
Jason is currently an experienced Senior Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. He is skilled in K-12 Education, school leadership, coaching, strategic planning and delivery, collaboration, VET in schools, career pathways and stakeholder engagement.
Jason also sits on the Australian Children's Television Foundation Board (ACTF), was a previous ACT Principals Association Co-President (ACTPA), Australian Government Primary Principals Association member (AGPPA) and worked closely with the Principals Association Institute (PAI) to grow meaningful professional learning programs for school leaders.
He is a highly sought after presenter and has most recently shared his experiences in leadership and building teams at the National Women In Leadership and Leadership in Public Sector Conferences.
Shannon is an experienced Educational Leader with an intellectual and practical commitment to teaching and leadership that has allowed her to move seamlessly across several ACT Public Schools and sections within the ACT Education Directorate Support Office. Currently, she has been seconded as a Deputy Principal to coach the Executive Team and establish a coaching culture at a Year 7 -12 site.
Shannon recognises the need for self-awareness and reflective practices and is driven by the ‘leader as learner’ mindset. As a qualified GROWTH Coach and AITSL Assessor, she is a thoughtful and successful leader of change and a collaborative professional who supports the development of those in her teams as well as the system. Through a relational strength-based approach she is responsive to the needs of stakeholders and builds the resilience of individuals whilst developing a high functioning Executive Teams.
Shannon is an innovative and student-centered leader who harnesses the transformational power of diversified learning pathways, increased student agency, and deep community engagement. She is committed to developing trusting and supportive communities and is passionate about leading change within schools for young people who are considered ‘at risk’, as well as broadening the options for outliers, such as gifted and talented, inclusive education, and students with trauma backgrounds. This has included the establishment of a Year 7 – 10 Big Picture Academy within a mainstream high school and a Virtual Learning Academy in response to the pandemic and to meet the needs of students with significant health concerns.
Shannon has continued to engage in formal and informal learning to remain current and build her leadership approach. Her academic and intellectual commitment to the profession has resulted in several awards, most recently she was the 2020 ACT Finalist for the Telstra Women in Business Award.
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