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Office of the National Director, NESLI
Global Schools Leadership Alliance
111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 3150
Portland, Oregon 97204

 

Email: info@nesli.education

Phone: 844 652 5944

Web: www.nesli.education

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Catholic schools' MIDDLE LEADERSHIP 
PROGRAm

A powerful learning experience linking self, school and system.

PROGRAM FACILITATORS​

AMANDA YPINAZAR

Lead Facilitator and Senior Associate, NESLI Principal Consultant, The Brown Collective

Amanda has over 22 years of educational experience, from classroom teacher, to educational advisor and high-performing principal. Amanda is driven by the singular belief that all students should have the opportunity to excel to their greatest potential. In order to lead her teams towards this single desire, Amanda contextualised innovative ways of working through teacher pedagogy and teacher training that reflected visionary educational frameworks that uniquely catered to the learning community she was leading. Amanda’s experience includes being a founding Head of Middle School at North Lakes State College (2005–2008), Principal of Kallangur State School (2009–2011), and currently Principal Consultant at The Brown Collective. Consequently, Amanda is comfortably placed to provide in-depth expertise on the challenges emerging administrators face when cultivating leadership themes and meta-cognitive approaches within school teams in order to collectively improve the learning capability of every individual student. 

Her particular passion is individualising strategic frameworks for educational institutions in order to maximise impact for students. Since leaving education to pursue private sector goals, Amanda still holds dearly the ideal of challenging her leadership team to excel to their fullest potential for the dual purpose of enriching lives, both personally and profitably. As a board member of a national charity, Amanda lobbies and negotiates with corporate businesses to actively involve them in profit reinvestment in community for the purpose of enriching the lives of children with severe medical conditions.

mike gaffney

Academic Director

Mike is Academic Director of NESLI. He was previously Professor of Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education, Science Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra. Prior to this appointment, he was Foundation Chair of Educational Leadership at the Australian Catholic University. 

Mike has wide experience as a teacher, an education system senior executive, and as a researcher, consultant and policy advisor to Australian governments in areas of education policy, curriculum and teaching practices appropriate to 21st century schooling.

He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) for services to teacher education and curriculum development. He has been a Director of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), President of ACEL Canberra Region, an ACEL Travelling Scholar, and is an ACEL Fellow. In 2015 Mike was awarded the ACEL Nganakarrawa Award for his general excellence in educational administration and his learning, experience and contribution to ACEL.

He has written several books including Pathways to School System Improvement (ACER Press, 2014) Leading a Digital School (ACER Press, 2008) with Mal Lee, Leading Improvements in Student Numeracy (ACER Press, 2014) with Rhonda Faragher, and Governing in Faith: Foundations for Formation (Connor Court, 2014) with John Henry Thornber; as well as written extensively in the area of educational policy and management for over twenty years.

Mike holds B.Sc., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Melbourne; and a Ph. D. in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta, Canada.

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