Founder, Program Lead & Facilitator
Nicole is a proud mother of two sons. She is a primary school teacher and has been teaching for over 20 years. Currently, she is a primary school teacher and lecturer at a tertiary level.
Nicole is a proud Kuku-Yalanji woman who has a deep passion to see improvement in Indigenous educational outcomes for our students in our schools.
She would also like to see a deeper and more compassionate understanding about our true history in Australia.
Nicole believes this needs to start with educating pre-service and in-service teachers on ways to authentically incorporate our true history and Aboriginal knowledges into a range of curriculum areas.
Nicole has recently begun her PhD research project to discover ways we can better prepare all teachers to do this.
Nicole is passionate about working productively and positively with all people to support empathic and authentic engagement with First Nations Culture.
Dr Kate Winchester
Program Lead and Facilitator
Kate is a proud mum of two children. She is a facilitator, lecturer, researcher and speaker- passionate about inspiring and promoting connection, authentic learning and creativity.
Kate’s PhD research focused on Student Engagement, Creativity and the Arts in low socio-economic areas in Western Sydney.
Her teaching journey has brought her to teach in classrooms in Manchester, Cheshire and London in the United Kingdom and in Western Sydney, Australia.
Kate is passionate about social justice, student engagement and embedding Indigenous histories and cultures in Education.
Kate hopes to empower the next generation of teachers as well as our teachers currently working hard within the system, to create meaningful, engaging and creative classrooms where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures are elevated in the minds and hearts of all students.
Kate works with students of all ages, teachers at different levels of their career and corporates to inspire positive change and growth
Dr Julie Maakrun
Julie is a highly experienced educator, having extensive experience as a lecturer for over 10 years. Julie has also been a primary school teacher, teaching and learning co-coordinator, executive school member and primary school principal.
Julie is passionate about Cultural Responsiveness and Service Learning; and has organised and led international immersion programs to Kenya, Tanzania, Darwin and Timor -Leste.
Julie's PhD, focussed on the development of intercultural competence in preservice teachers through their involvement in international immersion programs. She has received the following awards: Office of Learning and Teaching: Australian Awards for University Teaching - Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Team); Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Team); Vice Chancellor’s Award (Team) - Initiatives the Enhance Student Learning.