The Teacher-Researchers in the pilot study are Secondary English Literature teachers from a diverse range of schools in Victoria, Australia.
Megan Ball is currently in her fifth year of teaching English and the Year 8 Learning Culture Leader at St Francis Xavier – Officer Campus. She excited by the prospect of working in partnership with The University of Melbourne to develop a rich curriculum unit for students to engage with, that is representative of the diversity within the cohort.
Amy Brown teaches Literature and Philosophy at the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School. Before secondary teaching, Amy was a sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where she completed a PhD in Creative Writing. She has written four novels for children, published by HarperCollins, and three collections of poetry, the latest of which will be released by Victoria University Press in November 2019.
Antony Monteleone is a third-year teacher working at Point Cook Senior Secondary College, in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne. Currently teaching in Senior English, History and VCAL, as well as being the Student Leadership and Voice Coordinator facilitating student-led activities in school life and representation in decision making.
Kacey Pelle teaches English, French, and Drama at a Catholic boys’ school in Melbourne’s east. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Applied Linguistics from the Australian National University, a Master of Arts majoring in Children’s Literature from Macquarie University, and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of New South Wales, where she also participated in research projects focusing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching praxis. She is interested in the use of interdisciplinary teaching methods in building and supporting critical thinking skills.
Cameron Smith is an early career teacher working at Loreto College in his hometown of Ballarat. Cameron studied at Deakin University in Burwood where he majored in Literary Studies – a fitting area of study following a youth of voracious reading encouraged by his parents – as well as Secondary Teaching. He has a keen interest in contemporary Australian literature and looks out for new fiction to read in between marking essays and planning lessons.