Behind SCU's TeachLab

Meet the Team

David Lynch

Professor David Lynch

TeachLab Research Leader

David Lynch is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education, located at the Gold Coast campus. He is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher education and teaching improvement, specialising in Whole of School Teaching Improvement. David’s background is in primary education having been a teacher and senior state school principal in early professional life.

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Associate Professor David Turner

Associate Professor and TeachLab Research Projects Manager

David Turner is QASSP’s Director of Professional Learning. He has enjoyed a diverse career in school leadership working in small rural schools through to large complex urban schools. Teaching in Victoria and in British Columbia, Canada and spending over three years working in the tertiary sector as Head of Campus and Head of School, he has also worked on research projects related to initial teacher education, teaching staff capability through coaching, mentoring, feedback and blended learning.

Dr Tina Marcoionni

Dr Tina Marcoionni

Senior Lecturer

Tina is a Senior Lecturer and working in the teaching/research fields of interdisciplinary education, professional experience and leadership.

Dr Lana McCarthy

Dr Lana McCarthy

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lana McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education (PDHPE), in the Faculty of Education, located on the Gold Coast Campus. She has extensive experience teaching HPE at Secondary School and Tertiary level in both New Zealand and Australia. Her doctoral research focussed on team culture, leadership and coaching approaches, and how captains and coaches constructed the culture within the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team.

Dr Sally Ashton-Hay

Lecturer

Sally Ashton-Hay is a Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) in the Learning Experience Team, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) at Southern Cross University. She designs curriculum for learning support and assists students with strategies for more successful study. Her teaching experience includes secondary English, Drama, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Indigenous learners, literacy skills, academic writing and international teacher training.

Dr Mel Green

Dr Mel Green

Lecturer

Dr Mel (Mellie) Green has been a primary school teacher for over 25 years, with 20 of those in the classroom and teacher-librarianship, and five in curriculum leadership. She completed her PhD in 2021. Her doctoral research explored student engagement in reading for enjoyment in the upper primary years. Her areas of research passion are: use of children’s literature in the primary classroom, reading instruction, curriculum and pedagogy.

Dr Christos Markopoulos

Dr Christos Markopoulos

Chair of Education Faculty Board; TeachLab Project Leader

Christos Markopoulos has extensive experience in teaching mathematics discipline as well as mathematics education for undergraduate and postgraduate education students. He has developed and taught Mathematical Content Knowledge units for pre-service teachers.

Dr Lewes Peddell

Dr Lewes Peddell

Lecturer

Lewes Peddell is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education with a focus on Mathematics Education. Prior to coming to Southern Cross in 2018, he was Director of Research, Learning and Enterprise at Canterbury College (QLD) where he also served as Director of Arts Academy, Acting Director of Curriculum and taught Music and Mathematics.

Dr Carla Valério

Dr Carla Valério

Lecturer

Carla is a PDHPE Lecturer and researcher with special interest in Physical Education Teacher Education innovative strategies of Teacher Professional Development. In the past few years, her research focus has been related to Social Learning Strategies and Student-centred Approaches.

Dr Hoi Vo

Dr Hoi Vo

Senior Research Fellow

Hoi Vo is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education's TeachLab research group. He is known for his research on teaching and learning improvement, teacher education, student engagement, and technology mediated learning. He is passionate about using quantitative methods in his research.

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Patrick Bruck

Deputy Chair of Faculty Board; Associate Lecturer

Patrick Bruck is an Associate Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Faculty of Education, Australia. He is enrolled in a Doctor of Education (EdD) at Southern Cross University with a focus on the teaching of proportional reasoning in Australian schools. Patrick has held numerous roles in Australia’s education sector, including as a teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal in high schools, predominantly in Queensland. He has also taught internationally in Asia and Europe.

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Gina de Rooy

Research Assistant

Gina is a research assistant in the Faculty of Education at SCU. She works in the TeachLab research group from the Gold Coast campus.

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Lee-Ann Ewing

Lecturer

Lee-Ann is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at SCU. Before joining Monash in 2019, she was a primary school teacher, having taught for many years in two countries and four states. Lee-Ann holds an M. Ed from UWA and a B.A. from the University of South Africa.

Dr Aida Hurem

Dr Aida Hurem

Lecturer

Dr Aida Hurem is a Lecturer in Inclusive Education at Southern Cross University. She is a wellbeing and belonging researcher in the International Education space with a focus on student experience, equity and social justice. Being an interdisciplinary researcher, she utilises her skills in Psychology and Education to collaborate with colleagues and bring her knowledge of wellbeing and belonging across to other areas and disciplines.

Cathy Lembke

Cathy Lembke

Director of Professional Experience; Associate Lecturer

Cathy Lembke is currently researching in the area of the impact of short-term immersion programs on the cultural competence of pre-service teachers, as part of a prospective PhD thesis. Cathy has recently been working on the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement.

Arron Stevens

Mr Arron Stevens

Lecturer

Mr Arron Stevens is a proud Aboriginal man from Wiradjuri country at Junee, having grown up on Awabakal country in Newcastle. He holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education from The University of Newcastle.

Dr Anne Bellert

Adjunct Dr Anne Bellert

Senior Lecturer

Anne Bellert is a teacher and researcher who is committed to achieving sustainable learning - Learning for all, teaching that matters, learning that lasts.

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Adjunct Professor Bruce Knight

Adjunct Professor

Professor Knight has completed a great deal of study in teaching and learning, undertaking high impact applied research that leads to sustainable benefits for all students. He is a specialist in learning design and pedagogy to enhance participant outcomes across all forms of education and mental health. Professor Knight has successfully supervised 27 doctoral candidates and his areas of research have resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and completion of large research projects.

Megan Lee

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Megan Lee

TeachLab Research Assistant; Academic Tutor

Megan Lee is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University. She has a background in psychological science and advanced statistical analyses. Megan is passionate about research impact in the public domain and providing a bridge between psychology and education research.

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Adjunct Professor Richard Light

Adjunct Professor

Richard Light is Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and a Visiting Professor at Waseda University, Japan. Professor Light has a teaching and coaching background in Australia and Japan and is well known for his innovative work on athlete centred coaching grounded in practice, such as his development of Positive Pedagogy for sports coaching. He is a leader in research on sport and physical education pedagogy.

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Adjunct Professor Anthony Mackay

Adjunct Professor

Professor Mackay Anthony Mackay AM is Board Co‐Chair and immediate past CEO & President of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington DC.

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Jake Madden

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Jake Madden is an experienced school principal. With a leadership career over the last thirty years he has been building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. As a proponent for teacher action research, Jake is widely published in this area, authoring books and journal articles showcasing his experiences and research.

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Adjunct Professor Richard Smith

Adjunct Professor

Richard Smith has extensive experience in school and higher education education administration and governance and the development of innovations. He has a distinguished record in research, publication, postgraduate supervision and academic journal creation and editorship. His current academic and applied interests lie in the development of effective pedagogical practice and governance for uncertain times.

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Adjunct Professor David Spendlove

Adjunct Professor

Professor Spendlove's work has involved policy, practice and research in a variety of areas including Teaching and Learning, Teacher Education, Technology Education and Creative and Design Education. Currently David is Professor of Education and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Environment, Education and Development in addition to being the Senior Adviser for the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Adjunct Associate Professor Tony Yeigh

Adjunct Associate Professor

Tony Yeigh is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Faculty of Education) with a PhD in Educational Psychology. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including a $10,000 DEST award for his PhD research design 2018, 2018 Teacher of the Year Award, and a 2020 Emerald Literati Award for outstanding research paper. He is skilled in intercultural communication, multi-modal research design, project supervision and applied pedagogy.