During this session, the selection of speakers will address the following aspects of identity:

  • Who we are (from adulthood to childhood) - the formation of identity.
  • Who we present or enact - who we think we should be.
  • The subjectivity of who we are - we are different with different people.
  • How does our identity influence our work as early childhood educators.

PANEL MEMBERS

LISA BRYANT

LISA BRYANT

Lisa Bryant is an advocate, consultant and journalist in the NSW education and care sector. She is a regular op-ed writer for Fairfax newspapers on childcare issues, co-author of A Director’s Manual, Managing an early education and care service in Australia and was editor of the online sector publication Shortside until mid 2015. Lisa is a sought after keynote speaker on education and care issues. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of government policy (historical and current) in the childcare and early education and care areas. Her especial interest is the impact that the gendered nature of the sector has on those working in the sector. Lisa is proud to work in a sector dominated by strong, lively women who stand up for children’s rights on a daily basis.


DR. WILLIAM DEJEAN

DR. WILLIAM DEJEAN

For over 20 years, Dr. William DeJean (www.williamdejean.com) has inspired and re-inspired individuals and organisations for the important work they do. His work has helped thousands of people around the world reach their optimal potential.

Dr. DeJean started his career as a high school teacher, inspiring students to become the first in their families to attend university. For his successes, he received numerous recognitions, including being selected Teacher of the Year among 26,000 teachers in San Diego County.

Dr. DeJean, who holds a Doctorate in Education, brings many lenses to the organisations he works with. He has taught at universities in the United States and Australia, he is an internationally recognized researcher, he consults across a range of social service and community organisations, and he is a sought-after keynote speaker, including appearances at TEDx Canberra, Young Minds, and Happiness & It’s Causes.

William’s first book “Unleash Learning” is now available.


ANNETTE SAX

ANNETTE SAX

Annette Sax is a Taungurung woman from the Eastern Kulin People of Victoria. Annette is the Education and Creative Arts Director from Yarn Strong Sista Indigenous Education Consultancy (YSS). Yarn Strong Sista has been in operation for 16 years and its core business is “Living, Sharing and Maintaining Indigenous Culture!”  YSS provides support and information for all levels of the Education Profession.  She has worked in the early childhood profession for 26 years. Annette has observed in early childhood programs in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe where her focus was Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist Curriculum. Annette's mentor, Dr Sue Atkinson-Lopez, has given YSS permission to share her research from her PhD "Indigenous Early Childhood Curriculum and Self Determination in Victoria". It is Aboriginal Pedagogy and Annette's experience of Aboriginal identity and being on Country with her Elders that have influenced her World Views and inspired her to become an Aboriginal activist in her own community. 


ANITA KUMAR

ANITA KUMAR

Anita Kumar was born in Chennai, India and was the first girl in her family to leave home to undertake a professional degree. She migrated to Australia in 1995 with no family or friends in the country. She faced immense challenges and had a firsthand experience in dealing with the complexities of settling into a new country and learning its cultural values.

Anita was previously CEO of The Infants’ Home, where she focused on strengthening the organisation’s leadership in integrated service delivery for children and families through research, partnerships and engagement. With her dynamic oversight, The Infants’ Home has doubled the number of children and families it serves in the last 4 years.

In December 2016 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Early Start at the University of Wollongong. A new $44m multidisciplinary “world first” venture at the University of Wollongong aimed at addressing social, economic and educational disadvantage by focusing on the early years of life.  This venture includes Australia’s first Children’s Discovery Museum.

Anita’s core values are to remain determined, be courageous and think big. I realised my passion was working with people especially those who are vulnerable and to help create a socially and just civil society. 


SUSIE ROSBACK

SUSIE ROSBACK

Susie is the Chief Executive Officer and has completed her Master of Education in 2014 as well as her Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood at Melbourne University and her Bachelor of Education Early Childhood at Deakin University.

In 2009 Susie earned the ‘exemplary’ teacher classification with VETASSESS. Susie has completed three ‘Leadership in Early Childhood Settings’ Programs run by Bastow Institute, including ‘Continuity of Learning’ course in relation to improving transition to school. Susie has been supporting the wider community over the past 4 years through her consulting business and presenting at conferences on the topic of implementing the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard.

In 2011 Susie won the NEiTA ASG Inspirational Teachers State and Territory Award and was nominated for the National award in 2012. Susie was nominated for the 2014 Victorian Excellence in Teaching Award in Early Childhood.

Susie taught Kindergarten for 19 years and throughout her teaching career she has specialised in art and children’s artistic development. Susie lectured at Deakin University, teaching a variety of Units of study, including Early Childhood Art. Susie has co-authored five books, including - ‘EYLF and NQS Without Tears, 1st and 2nd Edition’, ‘Inspiring Play’, ‘Inspiring Ideas’, ‘Our Journey – Planning and Documentation without Tears’, and more recently ‘Exceeding The Standards’. Susie has her first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training. Susie’s skills in leadership and innovation are guiding the way forward for Bubup Womindjeka in becoming a centre for excellence in relation to providing quality education as well as developing our service into a leading integrated service.