NT Branch President - Aderyn Chatterton

Louise Corrigan Shane Donohue Jo Glennon
Geoffrey Perry Regina Thompson Julia Walsh

Aderyn Chatterton

ACEL NT Branch President

As an experienced educational leader with both school and system experience, I understand that engagement, growth and achievement are the three priorities that unite all schools, regardless of their location or student demographic. I am excited to play a key role in the NT school improvement journey as my team provides tailored and responsive support to schools so they can accelerate their own school improvement.

Shane Donohue

Branch Executive Member

Shane Donohue has taught in the Territory for over twenty years, holding leadership positions in both the Department of Education and Catholic Education, including working in a remote school on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. For the past 8 years, Shane has been Principal of Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Darwin.

Jo Glennon

Branch Executive Member

I am currently Principal of Nightcliff Primary School in Darwin in the Northern Territory. I have also completed Acting roles in Berry Springs in the Palmerston and Rural Region of the NT. I have been teaching for 10 years but come to the role with prior experience in Financial Management for 17 years and as a partner in Europcar Darwin for 10 years. Originally from New Zealand, I have lived in Darwin for 25 years and have 3 children aged 25, 23, and 21. I was introduced to ACEL through my mentor at Nightcliff Primary School who was involved in ACEL for many years. Travelling to national conferences since 2015 and with online virtual professional learning and webinars, has been inspiring for me, to access and meet keynote speakers who currently provide evidence based research for education, such as Pasi Sahlberg, Lynn Sharratt, Simon Breakspear, Daniel Goleman, Sugatra Mitra, Carol Tomlinson, Tracey Ezard, John Hattie, Lee Watanabe Crockett., Andy Hargreaves, Michael Fullan and Robert Marzano. I advocate ACEL with all my staff for professional development because I value the wealth of knowledge ACEL are able to bring consistently to the table in modern educational practice.

Geoff Perry

Branch Executive Member

As an educator passionate about improving outcomes for Aboriginal students Geoff I have worked in and with Kimberley and Remote Northern Territory for the last 20 years. I have worked in the Government sector as a principal and Director, for ASIC in financial literacy, as a private consultant and I am currently a Principals’ Consultant for Catholic Education. I am committed to an innovative, evidence based approach to improving outcomes for all.

Regina Thompson

Branch Executive Member

Regina is Director of the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) Program with the NT Department of Education. In this role Regina has responsibility for the oversight of policies, programs and research associated with the work of FaFT teachers and Family Liaison Officers, as well as the professional learning to support the program.

There are 53 remote and very remote FaFT programs across the Northern Territory and a further 5 sites in the urban centres of Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice springs.

Regina was awarded an ACEL Honorary Fellowship 2014 and in 2017 as part of the Early Childhood Education and Care team an ACEL Leadership Award.

Julia Walsh

Branch Executive Member

Julia is currently Senior Teacher and STEM specialist at Driver Primary in the Northern Territory. She is passionate about promoting student driven, purposeful inquiry teaching and learning experiences which integrate a variety of technology.

As well as leading the integration of STEM across the schools kitchen and garden environments, Julia is working on a project based on Sugata Mitra’s principles of Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) in which students work in small groups with internet access to answer ‘Big Questions’ and solve real community problems. Her project work aims to enhance and grow STEM teaching approaches across Driver Primary to support student’s development of skills through co-operative and connected learning experiences within the wider community.

Additionally, Julia is completing a Masters in Global Learning through Charles Darwin University. Experience in this program has culminated in a research report, which will contribute to the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Northern Territory.