KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMary-Ellen Betts (left)

Mary-Ellen Betts has taught in the state school system as a teacher, casual relief, teacher librarian and school leader.  She has developed expertise in literacy education and co-authored a teacher resource book. From 2000 – 2006 Mary-Ellen worked as a literacy consultant in Australia and New York City.  The focus of this work was to support schools in improving educational outcomes for all students.  She worked with teachers and principals at school and district level to improve pedagogy in literacy and to analyse data to drive instruction.  Mary-Ellen is currently working as independent Educational Consultant for schools in NSW, QLD and VIC and is an accredited School Reviewer for the VIC DEECD.

Jenny Williams (centre)

Jenny Williams has extensive teaching experience including secondary English and primary K-6. In addition she has worked as a support teacher learning difficulties. Her enthusiasm for early literacy and working with students whose literacy is at risk led her to train as a Reading Recovery teacher and subsequently work as a Reading Recovery tutor. As an educational consultant she has worked in Western Sydney and New York supporting teachers as they developed their literacy practice, quality teaching pedagogy and mathematics instruction. She has supported whole school improvement in a number of schools in Australia and overseas, working with school executive teams and school staff to invigorate teaching practice leading to whole school change.

Sandra Rowan (right)

Sandra Rowan is an experienced K-6 classroom teacher and school leader. She has been a literacy consultant in western Sydney and a teacher mentor working with beginning teachers to develop best practice. She spent four years working in New York schools as a maths and literacy consultant. In New York she supported schools as they prepared for school reviews. She has worked as a deputy principal in Sydney. Sandra has published eight teacher resource books that provide explicit units of work across the key learning areas. She is currently working as independent Educational Consultant for schools in NSW, QLD and VIC providing teacher professional learning at schools as well as  presenting at conferences on literacy and maths.