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Dr Natalie Leitão

Dr Natalie Leitão

Academic Principal

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Dr Susan Conradie

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Dean of Education 

Qualifications

EdD, University of Western Australia, 2017
MEd, Cum Laude (Curriculum Studies), University of Johannesburg, 1992
BEd, University of Johannesburg, 1990
HED, University of Stellenbosch, 1986
BSc, University of Stellenbosch, 1985

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Biography

There is a warmth, breadth, and depth to Susan – perhaps a reflection of her childhood days growing up on a farm in South Africa. An inquisitive, life-long learner, she began her tertiary education studying a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Physics) followed by a Higher Education Diploma at Stellenbosch University. The very next year, she was lecturing at the Technical College of South Africa. During this time, Susan pursued further studies: a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in Education (graduating as cum laude) from what is now known as the University of Johannesburg. She worked as a researcher for South Africa’s ‘Human Sciences Research Council’, examining various educational issues. In 2008, Susan and her family migrated to Australia where she completed a doctorate at the University of Western Australia – looking into home-based learning support groups. Five years of relief teaching, mainly in the Mathematics department, at a large secondary school in Rockingham, gave Susan valuable experience within the Australian school context. Her motherly heart always draws out the best from every learner (both on and off campus). At Sheridan, Susan brings 35 years of experience to the Master of Education program and is busy designing a new teaching course.

Teaching Areas

Curriculum Development
Assessment and Evaluation
Research Methods and Supervision

Research

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Dr Natalie Leitão

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Academic Principal

Qualifications

PhD (Education), Edith Cowan University, 2008
BEd Honours (Early Childhood Education), Edith Cowan University, 1996
DipTeach (K-7), Western Australian College of Advanced Education, 1988

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Biography

Dr Natalie Leitão has been closely engaged with the broader education community throughout her career and held a variety of teaching and administrative roles including lecturing, course coordination, professional practice supervision, unit development and research. Natalie has published several reports and academic journal articles and has presented at education conferences for both academics and professional teachers.

Natalie has been actively involved with the independent school sector in Western Australia for over 30 years. In recent years she has delivered professional development in schools across urban and regional areas, has served as a Director on the Swan Christian Education Association Board, and as Chair of the Carmel Adventist School Council.

Natalie has a PhD in Education, B.Ed (Hons), Dip.Teach (K-7). Her work history includes Swan Christian Education Association, Edith Cowan University, Morling College, Tabor College, One World Centre, Christian Schools Australia and Sheridan Institute of Higher Education where she is currently Academic Principal.

Teaching Areas

Education in Australia; Curriculum Construction; Assessment and Evaluation; Research Methods; Research Supervision

Research

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Dr Mark Fielding

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Senior Lecturer (Education)

Qualifications

EdD, University of Western Australia, 2013
BEd Honours, University of Western Australia, 1981
BA (History), University of Western Australia, 1979

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Biography

Mark is a passionate educator and scholar with many years experience in government and independent secondary schools in Western Australia as well as lecturing in numerous universities. His research interests include the impact of globalisation and internationalisation on education and how to best develop meaningful trans-cultural engagements and service opportunities for Australian students. He has a commitment to supporting and developing Christian schools and teacher training in the Indian Ocean region and has presented at numerous conferences on this theme throughout the region.

Professional associations

Member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (MACEL)

Awards and recognition

Fogarty Foundation Success Through Educational Excellence Prize for the best Doctor of Education thesis in 2013.
International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Outstanding Postgraduate Thesis on a Topic Related to International Education 2014.
ACEL New Voice in Educational Leadership Research Scholarship. Australian Council for Educational Leaders 2015.
Centenary Ambassador Faculty of Education Centenary Celebrations, University of Western Australia, 2016.
NGS Education Scholarship Award “Management category” 2017

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Mathilda Joubert

Director of Excellence and Innovation

Qualifications

MBA, The Open University, 2007
MSc (Cognitive Neuropsychology) Cum Laude, Oxford Brookes University, 2000
BMus Hons Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1998
BMus Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1995
CertIV TAE, Tabor College of Higher Education, 2017
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia

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Biography

Mathilda is passionate about creativity and continuous improvement – and serves as the Director of Excellence and Innovation on campus. She is a true cross-disciplinarian with her two bachelor’s and three master’s degrees spanning the diverse fields of music, languages, education, business, and cognitive neuropsychology. She started her career in teaching (both primary and secondary) and worked on curriculum policy before landing the life-changing role as Research Fellow to the UK’s National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education. This enabled her to co-author a major government report with Sir Ken Robinson: All Our Futures: Creativity Culture and Education.

Following her passion for creativity and innovation, she worked as an international Innovation Consultant in industry, supporting Fortune 500 Companies like Unilever, Phillips, Coca-Cola and Diageo to invent new products and services, before bringing these skills back into the education sector. Mathilda has facilitated successful school improvement programs in more than 500 schools around the world and has been a long-term advisor to the Australian, Lithuanian, and British governments on creativity in education. She has written more than 65 articles, reports, and book chapters in her area of expertise and is the evaluator of the Creative Schools program in Western Australia. She is also currently President in Western Australia of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). Mathilda lectures across all faculties, at Sheridan, and is still finding time to pursue a PhD in Education through the University of Western Australia.

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Dr Juhani Tuovinen

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Adjunct Professor

Qualifications

PhD (Education Studies), University of New South Wales, 1999
MEd (Education Studies), LaTrobe University, 1987
BEd (Secondary), Melbourne State College, 1981
HDTeach (Secondary), Melbourne Secondary Teachers' College, 1969

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Dr Addwell Chipangura

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Adjunct Lecturer (Education)

Qualifications

PhD (Science and Mathematics Education, Curtin University, 2015
PGradDipScEd (Mathematics), University of Zimbabwe, 1998
Licentiate Degree in Mathematics Education, Enrique Jose Varona Higher Pedagogical Institute, 1991

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