“All we need to do is to have a piece of the path to the future. And that’s ours. And we polish that and we hone that. And we place that in the pathway that we are building. And as we build that pathway it changes us as the builders of that path and it also shapes the destination that we are going to.” – Dr Noel Nannup, Nyoongar Elder
Hi, I’m Jack. Thanks for arriving here.
I work closely with educators around Australia and internationally, in service of equity and wellbeing within and between people, schools, and communities.
In my approach to teaching and facilitation I seek to be relational and compassionate. My research and writing integrates insights from a variety of areas, including educational research, trauma-informed practices, wellbeing science, ecology, and systems change. I also draw on my past experience working across public service and social innovation organisations, and hold qualifications in teaching, public policy, international relations and languages. As a school teacher I specialised in working with young people and families new to Australia and learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).
While currently living on Wurundjeri country in inner-city Melbourne, I grew up mostly barefoot and outside on Turrbal/Jagera country, in the urban fringe of Brisbane. I love hiking in nature, distance running, poetry, football (the world game!), mindfulness and being connected to community.
My piece of the path to the future is an exploration of practices and systems that embody compassion in education.
You can read my latest writing here.
If you’d like to view my qualifications and experience, you can do so here.
I’d also welcome a conversation if anything resonated with you. You can get in touch with me here.
I acknowledge connection to country and the Elders of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land, sky and waters where I work and live. I recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, land and people were stolen, and truth-telling has not yet occurred. I commit to listening and walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the realisation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a Treaty process.