Simon has spent over 20 years working in a wide variety of schools across Western Metropolitan Melbourne and the Geelong region, as well as some shorter stints in North Queensland and the Northern Territory.
More recently he spent 12 years at a secondary college in rural Victoria. In all of these schools, Simon has undertaken a number of different leadership positions.
His most significant achievement was at age 28 where he was appointed as the assistant principal of a secondary college in South West Victoria before going on to become the principal at age 31. At the time of his appointment, Simon led the significant task of merging the two local secondary colleges to form one school.
For the next 10 years, he worked hard to shape the culture of the school, build strong relationships with the entire community and improve the outcomes of all students.
Simon has genuinely ‘been there’ and can empathise with the challenges facing educators and principals across Australia. He also knows the reward and feeling of getting it right.
Simon brings a strong educational background, sound understanding of human behaviour, genuine care for young people and knowledge of the school setting to the Real Schools Team. He will support your school with the tools and strategies to help them uncover their full potential.
Simon is a very passionate, inspiring and dynamic speaker who partners with schools to empower cultural change and energise their entire school community.
Expert Facilitator – School Culture Partnerships
Cassie has spent 29 years teaching and leading internationally and across the breadth of Australia’s schools.
A Principal of high acclaim, Cassie is a recognised leader within International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organisation, a skilled PYP unit developer, a transformer of teaching and learning, an expert in inquiry pedagogy and a fervent advocate for collaborative teams in schools.
Cassie’s experience also includes the thorough implementation of Restorative Practices in schools, driving transitions from punitive models, enhancing community connection and speaking eloquently to the embedding of positive School Cultures.
Cassie completed her Master of Education thesis in Teaching International Mindedness in 2010.
But Cassie doesn’t just talk a thoroughly impressive talk when it comes to great school experiences for all stakeholders. She works directly with teachers and students, tackles the tough topics and leaps the big hurdles.
Cassie is passionate about working with leaders to draw on their expertise and to inspire and connect with teachers. She believes deeply that building restorative and connected communities can be a powerful force for transforming School Cultures… and lives.
Expert Facilitator – School Wellbeing Partnerships
Amy is a past teacher and school leader with an expertise and desire to impact change seeing her take up positions both here in Australia and the UK.
This vast experience means Amy knows first-hand the struggles and pressures teachers face, which is why Amy is now a voice for teachers, supporting and helping them to make teaching easier.
Amy believes there is a strong link between Teacher Wellbeing and the individual and collective practice of our educators. Amy is an expert in understanding what teachers are expected to manage on a daily basis, and how best to improve Teacher Wellbeing to ensure Teaching and Learning thrives and teachers themselves are taken care of.
Amy brings with her a strong understanding of Teaching and Learning, as well as human behaviour, allowing her to expertly combine the two to bring new approaches to the space of Teacher Wellbeing. Amy knows the importance of focusing on this to enhance not only what happens in our classrooms but also so our teachers feel supported, confident and taken care of as they continue in this rewarding but demanding profession.
Amy is passionate about helping as many teachers as she can to improve their overall wellbeing by equipping them with the understanding, tools and strategies needed so they can thrive both in and out of the classroom.