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Foundation Patron: Brian Cambourne

Principal Honorary Fellow, University of Wollongong, School of Education
Inducted into Reading Hall of Fame
Former Fullbright Scholar
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Education 
Recipient International Year of Literacy Medal for 'Contributions to Australian Literacy Education'
Recipient Ethel Hayton Award by the University of Wollongong for Services to the Community
Recipient Inaugural Garth Boomer Award of Australian Reading Association
Life member National Council Teachers of English (USA)
Recipient International Reading Association's Gray Citation of Merit
Life Membership Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA)

Co-chair: Jo Padgham

ALEA Life Member
ALEA Principal Fellow
Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership
ACT Women's Honour Roll

Co-chair: Robyn Ewing AM

Professor Emerita, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
Co-Director of the Creative Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education (CREATE) Centre
Deputy Chair, West Words
Honorary Associate, Sydney Theatre Company
Former President of ALEA; Principal Fellow ALEA
Visiting Scholar, Barking Gecko Theatre
Former President of PETAA; Life Member of PETAA

Executive: Jan Turbill

Senior Honorary Fellow, University of Wollongong, School of Education
Life Member and Principal Fellow ALEA
Life Member PETAA
Fellow of Australian College of Educators
Inducted Member Reading Hall of Fame
Member of several Journal Editorial Boards, including Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Language Arts and Reading Teacher

Executive: Wendy Bean

More than 40 years in education as teacher, school executive, literacy consultant and casual university lecturer
Held  positions on ALEA Sydney North local council and ALEA national council
ALEA Principal Fellow and recipient of the ALEA Medal
Authored and co-authored several articles and publications in the areas of spelling and writing

Executive: Chris Topfer

Long career in education as an early childhood teacher, literacy coach, school leader and policy writer
ALEA Past Vice President
Awarded ALEA Life Membership and ALEA Principal Fellow 
Recipient of the AITSL Award for Excellence in Teaching and School Leadership and Australian Professional Teachers Association Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award
Literacy consultant

Executive: Julie Shepherd

Literacy consultant, nationally and internationally
Author of teacher reference books
ALEA Victorian State Director
Primary teacher

Executive: Kathy Rushton

Lecturer School of Education University of Sydney
Interest in the impact of professional learning on the development of language and literacy and the development of translanguaging for students learning English as an additional language or dialect.

Executive: Annette Woods

Qualified teacher with experience in primary, prior-to-school and adult literacy teaching
Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT
Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child
Research in literacies, social justice, school reform and curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Committee: Siobhan O'Brien

Lecturer Department of Education Swinburne University Melbourne
Research interest in literacy, reading and the development of children's wellbeing using picture story books
Qualified teacher with 20 years experience in primary education
Authored and co-authored articles and publications on language and literacy

Committee: David Hornsby

Over 50 years in education as a classroom teacher, principal, university lecturer and literacy consultant
Teacher of the Year (Group Award)
ALEA Principal Fellow
Author of many teacher reference books
Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing
Recipient of ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy (the Garth Boomer Award)

Committee: Jantiena Batt

Experienced early childhood teacher who has worked across settings
Literacy Coach
ALEA Medal recipient
Authored and co-authored several articles and publications on language and literacy
ALEA Senior Fellow

Committee: Kelly Booker

Experienced teacher, Literacy Advisor, Instructional Mentor, school and system leader and currently a Principal of an early childhood school
Presented both nationally and locally in the areas of literacy, engagement and quality play-based learning
Using quality picture books to support learning is a passion, as well as building capability in leaders and teachers
Executive member of an ALEA Local Council

Committee: Kim Cootes

Extensive experience as a primary classroom teacher, EAL/D teacher and leader in EAL/D education
Particularly interested in using quality, rich texts to design learning that develops oral language skills in English to enhance reading and writing
Contributed to a number of recent PETAA publications
 Awarded STARTTS Humanitarian Award for Education in 2014

Committee: Kathy Deacon

Extensive experience working as a classroom teacher, primary principal and professional learning co-ordinator
 Currently teaching primary music and drama
Experience on Department of Education and teacher union committees focusing on curriculum and teacher professionalism
 Life member of the NSW Teachers Federation

Committee: Joanne Rossbridge

Over 25 years experience in primary and secondary schools as a teacher, EAL/D teacher and consultant
Language and Literacy Consultant across Australia
Authored and co-authored several articles and publications on language and literacy
Experience on professional association boards




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