“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 am a teacher at Yirrkala Bilingual School on the lands of the Yolŋu people in Northeast Arnhem Land. My commitment is to develop trauma-informed and culturally responsive learning environments where young people feel safe, seen and supported into their potential.
I care deeply about co-creating school systems where everyone’s wellbeing and learning is valued and have co-founded Teachers’ Well, to support teachers to become wellbeing education learners and leaders across school systems in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, I was a Senior Consultant in the Berry Street Education team, where I facilitated learning in schools around Australia designed to foster social equity and trauma-informed wellbeing between teachers, schools and communities. My passion for whole school and systems change processes led to the creation of the trauma-informed integral leadership approach with Berry Street and co-creating the Side by Side whole school development course with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
As a school teacher, I specialise in working collaboratively to build on the strengths of young people and their families learning English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D). A Teach for Australia alum, I also draw on my past professional experiences working in public service and social innovation organisations, and hold a variety of qualifications in education, public policy, international relations and languages.
You can read my latest writing here.
If you’d like to view my qualifications and experience, you can do so here.
I’d welcome a conversation if anything resonated with you. You can get in touch with me here.
I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Elders of the Gumatj and Rirratjiŋu clans 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, 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.