VIC Branch Executive

VIC Branch President - Coralee Pratt

Sue Buckley Lawrence Drysdale Rita Ellul
Melissa Etherton Alexandre Guedes Aine Maher
Denis Masseni Toni Elizabeth Meath
Warren McLeod
Lauren Sayer Jane Wilkinson

Coralee Pratt - M. Ed, B.Ed, Grad. Dip. Early Childhood Teaching. National Fellow ACEL.

ACEL VIC Branch President

Coralee Pratt is an educational leader who has worked in a diverse range of settings and communities across all regions in Victoria and in Queensland. She is currently Executive Director, Bayside Peninsula Area, South East Victoria Region and in 2016 was a Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) in the Outer East Area, North East Region of Victoria.

Coralee has been an executive board member of both the ACEL Queensland and Victoria Branches and since 2014 has been responsible for coordinating the ACEL Net professional learning events including the popular ACEL Q & A Forums.

Coralee has been principal of three schools: Camberwell South Primary School (2012 – 2015); Helensvale State School, one of Queensland’s largest primary schools (2010-2012) and Roberts McCubbin Primary School, Box Hill (2000 – 2005).

From 2005 – 2009 she held several system leadership roles including Assistant Regional Director in the Eastern Metropolitan Region where she played a significant role in leading the school improvement agenda in 248 government schools.

Over the past decade, Coralee has been influential in leading educational change and the design, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive suite of professional learning and leadership development programs at school and system level. Her work with ACER and the Grattan Institute in targeting teaching to personalise learning had a significant impact and resulted in Camberwell South PS being identified as one of Australia’s 40 most innovative schools in 2014.

Sue Buckley

Branch Executive Member

In June 2017, Sue Buckley was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary, Strategic Implementation in RSG, a new senior executive position announced in March 2017 as part of the RSG realignment to sharpen the Department’s focus on the implementation of the Education State reforms. Before returning to the Department, Sue was the General Manager, Teaching and School Leadership at the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. She provided leadership on national reform projects with a focus on building capability and promoting excellence in the teaching profession. Sue’s extensive career includes various senior level positions within the Department in both policy development and project implementation, in addition to teaching and leadership roles at school and regional levels. She holds the post-graduate qualifications of Executive Master of Public Administration and Master of Education, providing a range of academic frameworks that she applies in daily practice.

Lawrence Drysdale

Branch Executive Member

Lawrie Drysdale is an Associate Professor of Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Lawrie has an extensive career in teaching, human resource development, lecturing and research that spans over forty years. He has a long history of international collaboration where he has been engaged a several successful international projects. He has published extensively in international and local journals, and regularly presents at international conferences in the areas of principal and middle level leadership. He is involved in consultancy work in all school systems.

Rita Ellul

Branch Executive Member

Rita has a wide background in education, including as primary teacher and held a range of Senior Project Manager and Manager roles in the Department of Education. Throughout her career, Rita has been deeply committed to supporting the development of teachers and school leaders and improving the quality of learning for all learners.

She is currently Technical Director for Cambridge Education, leading the development and delivery of a range of professional learning programs across Victoria. 

Melissa Etherton

Branch Executive Member

Melissa Etherton is the Dean of Middle Years at Burke Hall, Xavier College. Immediately prior to commencing at Xavier College, Melissa was the Director of Professional Services at Methodist Ladies’ College. Melissa has worked extensively in Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria and South Australia. Her broad experiences span many facets of educational leadership: curriculum design, student wellbeing, staff professional learning and college management. Melissa currently works closely with Swinburne University’s Department of Education in providing expertise and guidance of pre-service teacher experience in schools. Melissa joined the ACEL Victorian Executive in 2016.

Alexandre Guedes - BA Latrobe, GDipEd, PGDipEd, MEd Deakin, MACEL

Branch Executive Member

Alexandre Guedes is a teacher and Head of Learning at Thomas Carr College where his main roles include curriculum and staff development working with the school’s coaching program. 

Alexandre's doctoral research on teacher capacity building, coaching and the effectiveness of professional development programs has been recognised with an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) “New Voice in Educational Research” scholarship.

Alexandre holds several postgraduate qualifications in education, including a Master of Education in Professional Education and Training and has presented at national and international conferences on the topics of teacher capacity, teacher impact, coaching in education and effectiveness of professional development programs.

Alexandre is passionate about education, policy, teacher education, capacity building and raising the esteem of the profession, he is a member of a number of professional associations, committees and working groups with the aim of enhancing education at different levels in our society.

Aine Maher

Branch Executive Member

Aine is the Director, Education Services for Independent Schools Victoria.  Aine works with a team of educators in the design and delivery of professional learning programs to teachers in curriculum planning and design, pedagogy and teacher career development. Her leadership interests include a New Principals’ Program and the design and implementation of customised leadership programs in schools.

Aine has been an executive board member of ACEL Victoria for three years and has chaired the Awards Committee during that time.

Aine is currently a member of the VCAA Early Years – 10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee, the Victorian Curriculum F – 10 Steering Committee, the ACARA Curriculum Directors Group and the AITSL Professional Growth Network.

Denis Masseni

Branch Executive Member

Began his digital career at Monash University in 2000, becoming program director of the Master of Multimedia/Design degree. Today he’s a director of The sponsor-ed Group Australia’s leading developer of websites for schools and continues his association with Monash University and has added RMIT teaching digital and social media.

Toni Elizabeth Meath

Branch Executive Member

As an educational leader, Toni Meath is passionate about the importance of using critical thinking and problem solving in student centred pedagogical approaches as ways to prepare students for success in their future world. Toni believes in the important role of students and teachers in leading school transformation and is a strong believer in their collective capacity to drive change. Her portfolio across all schools has been one of leading a strong performance and development culture.

Toni is Principal of The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, a member of The Victorian Select Entry Schools Network, The Inner City Network of Secondary Colleges, The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Network, The Victorian Association of State Secondary Girls’ Schools, Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and The Invergowrie Foundation.

Warren McLeod

Branch Executive Member

Warren McLeod has worked across the Catholic and Independent sectors for the past 18 years and has held a variety of Leadership positions in each of these settings. His current position is Head of Senior School at Beaconhills College, a large Independent school in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

Throughout his time in education, Warren has developed a passion for staff engagement and development. In particular the mentoring and coaching of the next generation of educational leaders, an area he sees as a vital cog in the development of education in Australia.

Lauren Sayer

Branch Executive Member

Lauren Sayer, Head of Teaching and Learning, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Lauren currently leads pedagogical direction as Head of Teaching and Learning with the Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute. In this role she is working with a team of educators to implement evidence based innovative pedagogical models to support chronically ill children across Victoria.

Lauren has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, businesses and educational organisations across the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia; developing partnerships with educational bodies to successfully implement change. Her expertise lies in professional coaching and support around teacher and innovative educational change.

Jane Wilkinson

Branch Executive Member

Jane Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Monash University and Associate Dean, Graduate Research, Faculty of Education. Jane has published widely in the area of leadership for social justice. She has conducted extensive research with principals and schools in Sydney, rural New South Wales, ACT and Melbourne, working with a range of funding bodies including Uniting Church and the Office of Learning and Teaching. Jane was co leader of the Unlocking Potential: Principal Preparation Program for aspirant principals in the Department of Education and Training, Victoria. Jane is a former deputy principal of a large Victorian secondary school.