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Claire Fortune (MAPP, BHlthSc, AdvDipAppSc) is a trainer, facilitator and course designer in positive psychology. She is passionate about empowering people with the tools to flourish in all spheres of life.
Having completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Melbourne, Claire has deep knowledge and training in the field of positive psychology. Claire is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, Positive Education Schools Association and the Australian Institute of Management. Claire also holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Complementary Medicine with a particular interest in behavioural neuroscience and the mind body connection.
Claire has worked in the health and education sectors for over 15 years and has worked both overseas and in Australia as a wellbeing consultant, speaker and practitioner. In the Education Sector, She has worked with both State and Independent schools across Victoria, NSW and WA to improve wellbeing outcomes by delivering school health and nutrition programs, workshops on positive education, workshops on relationships and through the her role as a facilitator in the Visible Wellbeing™ program.
Trained by Professor Lea Waters as a Visible Wellbeing™ facilitator, Claire has contributed to resources on Visible Wellbeing™ and The Strengths Exchange, collaborating with Professor Lea Waters and Lara Mossman on games to encourage strengths awareness through play in children.
Claire is an invited expert presenter at the Positive Education Schools Association National conference in Sydney this year, and was invited to contribute to the 2017 World Government Summit’s Global Discussions on Happiness hosted by the UAE in
Mike Fenwick (MA Educational Leadership, Framingham State College, BEd, Auckland University) is a teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience in Primary and Middle Schools. He is currently the Academic Manager, Head of Wellbeing & Positive Education, and an English teacher, at Middle School West Auckland. He has worked across state, private, international and charter education systems.
Prior to returning to New Zealand, Mike taught in schools in South Korea and Hong Kong. With 16 years of international experience, Mike brings a unique understanding of cultural diversity and third culture students. His own heritage as a Cook Island Maori has made Mike passionate about using strengths to build engagement and achievement in Maori and Pasifika students. This passion led him to be a successful recipient of the Pasifika grant through CORE Education, a charitable not-for-profit company focused on providing services to the New Zealand Education sector. This grant is funding Mike to research the impact of his ‘Positive Wellbeing on Pasifika families’ project.
After completing his Masters in Educational leadership, Mike’s passion for positive psychology led him to complete the Positive Psychology in the Classroom course through Coursera. Mike applies the science of positive psychology into his own classrooms and leads whole-school positive psychology approaches through his role as Head of Wellbeing & Positive Education at his current School.
In addition to being trained by Professor Lea Waters as a Visible Wellbeing™ facilitator, Mike was an invited presenter at the Hong Kong Vocational Training Center, speaking on strength-based perspectives and wellbeing in
Sharon Garro is a Registered Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and schools. Sharon has completed a degree in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling and a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne). Sharon has worked across both primary and secondary schools in State, Catholic and Independent sectors. She has held the positions of Head of Wellbeing and Positive Education within schools and has also worked as a educational and consultant psychologist to schools.
Sharon currently runs teacher training in schools and has a private practice where she is highly sought after to share her expertise with students who display differentiated learning needs. Sharon’s experience in the areas of learning and wellbeing, give her a unique insight into the complexities that impact on many students; and helps raise the awareness of these issues with teachers and parents. Her passion is to help all children find their strengths, so they can engage with school and pursue their unique talents and passions.
Sharon is currently the National Convener of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Positive Psychology Interest Group, contributes to the APS online resource Psychlopaedia, presents professional development via Teacher Learning Network and other sector-based conferences. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Positive Education Schools Australia and International Positive Psychology Association. She has developed Pastoral Care curriculum for both primary and secondary schools and contributed to the resource development for the Student Wellbeing Profiler designed by
Tracey Chitty (BEd, DipTch, DipPos Psych, MCouns) is a counsellor, educator, university lecturer and co-leader of Positive Education at Discovery College in Hong Kong.
Tracey is passionate about helping people and is deeply curious about what makes them thrive.
Twenty years ago, while still early in her teaching career, Tracey taught a young boy who changed the course of her professional life. Despite addressing all his academic concerns, there was a level of wellbeing that was simply missing from his life. What made it worse was that Tracey couldn’t see a clear way to address this within her classroom practice. She felt limited as a teacher and realised that academic education alone was not enough to ensure wellbeing in students and their families – she started looking for better answers.
Tracey went on to pursue her Masters of Counselling with the vision of making wellbeing accessible to every child and family within a school community. Staying true to her beginnings as an educator, Tracey’s career has spanned all sectors of education: primary, secondary and tertiary, as a teacher, counsellor and lecturer.
Throughout her years as a counsellor and lecturer Tracey’s intrigue has grown from helping people survive to ‘what makes people thrive’. In 2016 Tracey completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology and began leading the implementation of Positive Education at Discovery College.
Natural offshoots of Tracey’s work have been providing professional development to educators and organisations, developing parent workshops on areas of wellbeing and ongoing consultation work with parents and schools in Hong Kong and
Su Fenwick is a registered teacher and school counsellor (BA, counselling) with 40 years of experience across primary and secondary schools in the state, private and international sectors in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Su currently works as a counsellor and team leader in an International School where she is a member of school’s Positive Education Steering Committee. As part of the leadership team, Su has supported the roll-out of positive education across the school from training staff to embedding practices and cultural change across a five-year journey.
As well as working within her current school, Su consults with and supports other schools in developing Positive Education. In her role as a consultant over the past 15 years Su has assisted schools to establish counselling services and programmes within schools and has run workshops and group facilitation on positive education to schools and counsellor associations. Concurrent to her work in schools, Su continues to work in private practice where she infuses a strength-based approach into her work with children, adolescents and adults.
Having been the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mount Roskill Primary, for 8 years, Su has a high-level understanding of the organisational and leadership elements required to create successful schools. In her counselling role at school, Su works closely with children and parents in tailoring support. Su has a unique blend of professional and personal experience that is highly regarded by all. She is an empathetic leader who inspires change and hope.
Sue Thomas (B.Ed. Hons) has more than 32 years teaching experience in Secondary schools in state, private and international sectors in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. During the past 15 years in Hong Kong, Sue has been Vice Principal in two international schools and co-leader of Positive Education at Discovery College.
Sue was instrumental in the creation of the Wellbeing Programme in Secondary which was developed by utilizing the philosophies of the International Baccalaureate, Restorative Practices, CASEL-SEL, PERMA and Positive Psychology practices. This work then helped direct Discovery College to become the first Visible Wellbeing School in Asia.
Sue has just embarked on the exciting journey of beginning her new company to share her knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of Positive Education and the practicalities of implementing this in schools, organisations and with-in the home.
Sue is a learner-centred educator, strengths based thinker, active listener, clear communicator, capacity builder and delivers the character strengths of positivity, honesty, fairness, and kindness.
Sue believes strongly that, in the words of the Rita Pierson, ‘Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.’ This sentiment has underpinned the work she has conducted with students, parents and staff over her years in Education and fits perfectly with the messages running throughout ‘Strength Switch’. "
Annabelle Knight (DipTeach, GDipEd, MAPP, MACE) is an educator with 30 years’ experience in pedagogy and wellbeing in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary contexts. Over her career she has held leadership roles such as Director of Early Learning and Head of Junior School. She is currently Associate Head (Innovation and Learning) at St Michael’s Grammar School.
She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, the Australian College of Educators and is on the Committee of the Victorian Chapter of Positive Education Schools Association. Annabelle is a recipient of The Sacs Consulting Award for Leadership in the not for Profit Sector and has been nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA).
Annabelle is also a coach and consultant empowering individuals and teams to greater wellbeing and higher performance through positive leadership. She completed her Master of Applied Positive Psychology in 2015 and uses action-research to support and apply evidence-based techniques and approaches to enable students, staff and parents to flourish.
Annabelle has presented her work at International and National conferences including the World Thinking Skills Conference, the World Positive Education Accelerator, the International Symposium for Coaching and Positive Psychology in Education, the Positive Education Schools Association, the Australian Heads of Independent Schools Association and the Australian Council of Educational Leadership’s Wellbeing Conference.
Susanne North is a Family Educator in a Catholic Primary School in Sydney (Eastern Suburbs). A key part of her role is empowering parents to be their best possible self; engage parents with the school and wider community; create meaningful connections between parent and child; support vulnerable families; engage parent with social justice causes and help them to apply Positive Psychology in all aspects of family life. Susanne is passionate about Positive Psychology and strongly believes that understanding one’s unique strengths can lead to a more positive, flourishing and purposeful life. Being an avid reader and researcher on all aspects of well-being, Susanne has a profound knowledge of contemporary psychology.
Susanne trained and worked in Early Childhood for Waldorf Schools. She is also a Meditation and Mindfulness Coach, teaching children and adults how to live a more mindful and reflective life.
As a Simplicity Parenting Coach, Susanne regularly gives presentations to parents and has also published various articles on Simplicity Parenting for print and digital media across Australia.
Early Childhood and Creative Play are Susanne’s passion and as a result has consulted various primary schools on introducing Creative Play in the playground.
As a Companion for the “Seasons for Growth” program, Susanne facilitates regularly bereavement groups for primary school children who are suffering from trauma and grief.
Susanne is of German heritage. She is married to an Australian and has three thriving teenage children. Susanne loves introducing her German traditions to Australian families as she truly believes in the richness of celebrating rituals.
Hiromi is the chair of the Japan Positive Education Association where she has been working with teachers and parents to develop children’s emotional resilience. Hiromi has a daughter who inspires her more every day.
Hiromi is looking forward to creating a strength-based community with you.
Laura Allison (BSc, BPsych, MPsych, ProfCertEd(PosEd) is a registered psychologist currently employed as the Coordinator of the Psychology Team for Catholic Education in Western Australia. Laura has worked across the Government, Catholic and Independent sectors and has been the Director of Wellbeing in two schools most recently at PLC Perth where she implemented a whole school approach to wellbeing and led the project for the Lighthouse Wellbeing Centre.
Laura has particular expertise relating to mental illness prevention and wellbeing promotion in education and was honoured to be the recipient of the 2015 WA School Psychologist of the Year Award. Laura is also the chair of the PESA WA Chapter Committee, sits on a number of steering and advisory committees and is a facilitator for Visible Wellbeing.
Laura is a PhD candidate with the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Lea Waters and Dr Peggy Kern. Her research is interested in the relationship between teacher practice and student wellbeing, particularly how to make classroom ecological wellbeing an observable phenomenon and the impact of introducing wellbeing practices within the classroom.
Connie Kang was a professional hotelier with over 19 years excellent working experience in the hospitality industry to prove "I can be someone", starting from Human Resources management. Connie left the hotel industry as a General Manager of an international-branded 5-star hotel. She is a strong team builder and facilitator with proven success, encompassing multicultural environments in all aspects of the hotel operations.
Connie has a little boy who inspires her to keep growing and becoming her better self. She is the founder of Xi'an ATOM Enterprise Management Consulting Co. Ltd., ACI-Certified International Psychological Consultant (CIPC) and a GALLUP-Certified Strengths Coach, Coaching Certification by ICA.
Connie is passionate to work together with you to discover your unique talents, further understand your strengths, and help you to "Be the Best of Yourself"! It means a lot to you, your family and our community!
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