Who are we?

ACHPER is a national non-profit, membership based professional association governed by a Volunteer Board comprising professionals from educational and community sectors. It has a strong network of state and territory branches that serve members through a range of professional activities.

ACHPER NSW provides ongoing support and professional development activities for teachers, students and academics in Physical and Health Education throughout NSW.

ACHPER NSW Board members

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

President

Sarah Jackson has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, with 16 years experience in developing and implementing national education programs, products and professional learning sessions to support school based professionals to address student health and wellbeing. She has held PDHPE teaching, counselling and curriculum consultant positions in schools across NSW, South Australia and the United Kingdom - specialising in at-risk communities. Sarah is currently Head Teacher Wellbeing at James Meehan High School.

Brad McAllister

Brad McAllister

Treasurer, Capacity building and innovation

Brad is currently the Assistant Principal at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow and has been a PDHPE teacher for 17 years. He has been a Board member for the past 5 years and has been involved in the planning and delivery of a range of workshops including the Aspiring Leaders, Quality Assessment, Job Application Process and Learning Technologies workshops. 

Kelly Bell

Kelly Bell

Vice President

Kelly Bell is extremely passionate about supporting educators who teach subjects under the PDHPE KLA, in particular Community and Family Studies. She has taught 7-10 PDHPE and CAFS for over 12 years. She has been involved with CAFS in a number of different capacities. Kelly is the co-founder of The CAFS Network which has seen her support and collaborate with CAFS teachers across NSW developing workshops and various curriculum materials. She is the co-author of the Nelson Community and Family Studies textbook and Cambridge Checkpoints HSC CAFS, and is a marker and writer for CAFS examinations. Kelly has developed, presented and reviewed materials for ACHPER NSW for over 9 years. She has also worked with government and community organisations on developing teaching resources for CAFS. Kelly holds a Masters in Educational Leadership. 

Clare Roden

Stage 6 PDHPE/CAFS

Clare Roden is a highly motivated teacher with a passion for improving learning experiences/outcomes for students through collaboration and sharing with fellow teachers.  She has experience as a classroom teacher, head teacher and new scheme teacher mentor. Clare teaches PDHPE 7 – 10, PASS and Stage 6 CAFS & PDHPE and was involved in a BOSTES reference group to discuss the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum : Health and Physical Education. She is also an experience marker and writer for PDHPE examinations. Clare has been involved with ACHPER for almost 10 years presenting PDHPE workshops and reviewing associated materials.

Alex Lupton

Alex Lupton

Stage 6 PDHPE and CAFS

Alex Lupton is a passionate teacher who highly values professional development in PDHPE to enhance both, student learning and teaching strategies. She also seeks to further develop her own teaching to improve learning outcomes for her students. Alex has had the opportunity to teach in all three teaching sectors and has varying experiences, as a PDHPE teacher, new scheme teacher mentor, head teacher and senior education officer. Alex has taught all areas within the PDHPE curriculum - PDHPE 7-10; electives - Child Studies; PASS; stage 6-CAFS, PDHPE, EEC, SLR. She has been involved in ACHPER workshops for PASS and Stage 6 PDHPE. Her exuberance for Stage 6 has lead to this being her focus on the ACHPER NSW Board.

Hayley Dean

Hayley Dean

Stage 6 PDHPE/CAFS

Hayley has worked as a PDHPE Teacher for 13 years after graduating with Honours from the University of Wollongong in 2003, and is currently the Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning at Kiama High School. She holds leadership positions including, Planning Team for The PDHPE Combined Network Illawarra (CNI) and NSW Teachers Federation Councillor for South Illawarra. Hayley has presented and written course material for the ACHPER HSC Enrichment Days and presented at ACHPER Workshops. She has recently been involved in the Physical Literacy and Wellbeing Project Group for the Wagga Wagga Operational Directorate and is currently working towards Lead Accreditation on a Department of Education LDI Scholarship.

Additional board members

Kyle Sutton: Year 7-12
Kristy O’Mahony: Year 7-12
Dominique Sidaros: Capacity Building and Innovation
Amanda De Carli: Partnerships and Special Projects

ACHPER NSW Administrative staff

Julie Percival: Executive Officer
Tracy Puckeridge: Administration Officer