Staff listing

Contact a Deakin School of Education staff member or read their profiles to learn more about their expertise, publications and awards.

School Leadership

Head of School
Professor Damian Blake

Deputy Head of School and Director (Professional Practice)
Professor Dianne Toe

Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor Amanda Mooney

Associate Head of School, International Partnerships
Associate Professor Wanty Widjaja

Associate Head of School, Research
Professor Louise Paatsch

Higher Degree by Research Coordinator 
Dr Trace Ollis

Higher Degree by Research Coordinator
Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis

Administrative staff

Administrative staff

School Manager
Jo Collins

Accreditation Manager
Anthea Gray

Innovative ITE Programs Manager
Fiona Kneen

Senior School Administrative Officer
Debbie Routley
School Administrative Officer, Executive Assistant
Emma Parsons
School Administrative Officer, Sessional Recruitment
Madeline Sempf 
School Administrative Officer
Nicole Dashwood
Technical Officer
Dr Nathan Nguyen
Manager of Educational Projects

Partnerships Development Coordinator
Betty Vassiliadis

Project Officer, REDI
Scott Lascelles

Project Officer, Partnerships
Cathy Phillips

Partnerships Development Coordinator
Dr Gregory Knowles

Site directors

Jessica Orr (Ringwood Alliance)
Emma Workman (Surf Coast Alliance) 
Jeff Gillies (Warrnambool Alliance)
Ray Messer (Northern Bay Alliance) 
Cara Johnson (Newcomb Alliance) 
Stephanie McDonald (North Geelong Alliance) 
Ellen Heyting (Mooroolbark Alliance)
Arna Pletes (Whitehorse Alliance)
Ondine Bradbury (Ashwood Alliance)
Shevonne Vass (Bellarine and Werribee/Tarneit Alliance)

Professional Experience Team


Warrnambool & Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Campus Leader

Shannon Cunningham

Placement Officers Geelong:

Alisha Brien

Meg Branson

Kalya Nyo Denham

Tania Harvey


Kate Atkinson

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Campus Leaders

Kelly Wall

Stacey Macreadie

Placement Officers

Alice Farrar

Christy Elliott

Debra Barber

Donna Birks

Jess Floyd

Kelly Wall

Kristina Konstantinou

Lia Richardson

Sandra Collinson


Jen Kenworthy


Lauren Gillespie

Academic staff


Associate professors

Senior lecturers


Research fellows

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Honorary appointments