ACHPER NSW Board and Staff Members

Brad McAllister – President

Brad is currently the Assistant Principal at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow and has been a PDHPE teacher for 20 years. He has been a Board member for the past 8 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.

Clare Roden – Vice President

Clare is a highly experienced PDHPE teacher, Head Teacher, HSC Marker and presenter, who has worked in schools for 15 years. She has taught and developed resources and professional learning for PDHPE 7-10, elective PASS and Stage 6 PDHPE and CAFS for teachers across NSW. She has been a Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC NSW) representative on NESA reference groups for PDHPE Curriculum development K – 12. Clare is currently working as a Sessional Lecturer for Health and Physical Education (Primary and Secondary) and Pedagogy (Secondary) within the School of Education at the University of Wollongong.

Hayley Dean – Treasurer

Hayley is a passionate health and physical educator with experience as Head Teacher Teaching and Learning, Teacher Advisor, and Senior Curriculum Officer at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). She is currently PDHPE Project Advisor, 7-12 at the NSW Department of Education, and is an experienced writer and presenter, having presented professional learning at a school, network, state and national level. Hayley is a strong advocate for lifelong learning, building collaborative partnerships and evidence-based practice, currently studying a Doctorate of Education at the University of NSW (UNSW), in the area of Cognitive Load and Load Reduction Instruction (LRI).

Alex Lupton – Board Member

Alex is a passionate head 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.

Kristy O’Mahony – Board Member

Kristy is currently the Head of PDHPE at a secondary school and has taught throughout NSW and overseas. She has contributed to the HSC Study Guide for the Sydney Morning Herald and has been a HSC marker and writer for PDHPE examinations. Kristy has been an ACHPER NSW Board Member for 7 years and has consulted with various organisations on educational and curriculum matters. She is keen to collaborate with and support teachers throughout NSW.

Luke Adams – Board Member

Luke is currently the Head Teacher of PDHPE in a K-12 College in the Hunter Valley and has had 15 years’ experience teaching Stage 6 PDHPE. He has overviewed and facilitated the implementation of the Google Apps for Education program at two separate schools and continues to utilise 21st century pedagogy into his day to day teaching. This provides a 24/7 learning environment for his Stage 6 students and encourages collaborative, anywhere, anytime learning. He has been responsible for the PDHPE and ICT professional development of teachers where he co-wrote and presented the ACHPER “Embedding Technology in the K-10 Syllabus” and “Using the Power of Google Forms to Provide Assessment Feedback Instantly” webinars and workshops. He also presented the Phase 2 “Programming the New K-10 Syllabus” and “Effective Assessment in the K-10 Syllabus” in collaboration with ACHPER. Luke thoroughly enjoys teaching Stage 6 PDHPE and has presented at other PDHPE organisations on the Google Apps for Education.

Lauren Anderson – Board Member

Lauren has a strong passion for designing programs and initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of her students, utilising whole school and targeted intervention structures. Lauren’s previous roles include Head Teacher Learning and Wellbeing and Head Teacher Wellbeing. She is currently the Relieving Deputy Principal at Toronto High School in Lake Macquarie West. Lauren has an interest in curriculum, best practice and engaging and innovating teaching methods as well as emerging issues in PDHPE. Lauren has experience in teaching all stages of PDHPE as well as SLR and PASS. She has presented at the ACHPER NSW Stage 6 Conference and co-founded the NSW PDHPE Teachers Facebook Group. Lauren is dedicated towards the use of social media for professional development as well as utilising social media to create captivating online learning environments for teachers.

Kyle Sutton – Board Member

Kyle is enthusiastic and hardworking in his approach to education and has a specific focus on improving teacher quality through the use of engaging professional learning, engaging lessons and resources for student learning. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) from the University of Wollongong. He is Head Teacher PDHPE at Sydney Secondary College.

Dominique Sidaros – Board Member

Dominique is an engaging and experienced PDHPE educator and holding leadership and executive positions in a range of Independent and Catholic Schools for over 20 years. Dominique advocated and led PDHPE curriculum initiatives as Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE at NESA. She has contributed to a wide variety of state-wide curriculum projects, professional learning opportunities and education panels. Dominique has written and presented workshops for ACHPER NSW for over 10 years and was awarded the NSW Professional Teachers Council award for Outstanding Professional Service in 2015.

Danielle Davis – Board Member

Danielle has worked as a PDHPE teacher at a Secondary High School for 8 years, teaching Stage 6 PDHPE, CAFS, SLR and Dance. She has experience as a Head Teacher, classroom teacher, marker, examination writer for various organisations and workshop presenter. She is passionate about teaching and ways to enhance student learning, continually interested in ways to deliver and improve teaching through collaboration and innovation.

Veronica Brogden – Board Member

Veronica completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Physical Education/Recreation) and Diploma of Education (PDHPE) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst in 1995. She has had a wide range of experience teaching PDHPE in NSW Independent and Catholic Primary schools since 1995. Veronica has been actively involved in the sports domain all her life as a competitor, coach, manager and convenor at all levels from local to international. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to assist teachers in developing PDHPE programs that assist students in developing the skills to navigate their way through life.

Cindy Waldock – Board Member

Cindy has been an Assistant Principal for more than 20 years and is currently developing K-6 curriculum programs in the Port Macquarie region. She is extremely passionate about teaching PDHPE and is very keen to promote the research into the cognitive benefits of physical activity to student learning and to improving levels of student engagement. She has delivered conference key note addresses and a multitude of professional learning workshops to teachers statewide in her role as a Senior Education Officer for the NSW Department of Education. Since joining the ACHPER Board this year, she is looking forward to providing a ‘primary voice’ to support teachers in the delivery of quality sport and physical activity programs in their various schools settings.

Tracy Puckeridge – Executive Officer

Janice Atkin – Professional Learning Officer and Website Manager

Karen Burton – Events Manager

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