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 with a focus on creating trauma-informed and culturally responsive learning environments where young people feel safe, seen and supported into their potential.

As a Senior Consultant in the Berry Street Education team, I have spent the last 4 years building an understanding of the needs of young people and educators in schools across Australia. I have facilitated learning experiences in urban, regional and remote school settings designed to foster social equity and wellbeing between teachers, schools and communities. As a result, I have developed a passion for whole school and systems change processes and am the lead author of the Trauma-informed Integral Leadership (TIIL) approach and co-creator of the Side by Side whole school development and transformation training with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).

As a school teacher I specialise in building on the resilience and strengths of young people and their families learning English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D). A Teach for Australia alumnus, I also draw on my past professional experiences working in public service and social innovation organisations, and hold a variety of qualifications in teaching, public policy, international relations and languages.

While currently living on Wurundjeri country in inner-city Melbourne, I grew up mostly barefoot and outside on Turrbal/Jagera country on the edge of Brisbane. I love trail running, poetry, football (the world game), 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 welcome a conversation if anything resonated with you. You can get in touch with me here.

Travel well.

I acknowledge connection to country and pay my respects to 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, 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.