Dr Karen Read

Dr Karen Read has been a secondary school Principal with the Western Australian Department of Education at Southern River College, Sevenoaks Senior College and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Karen is a passionate advocate for Public Education with equity of access to education for all students to all opportunities, irrespective of student social and cultural background, being her priority purpose.

Dr Read’s leadership roles have been at a District level as Director of Schools and Principal Consultant leading Principals with school planning reform. At a system level Karen was in a team of Principal Advisors, responsible for the leading the implementation of the student-centred funding model across schools in WA. Karen has been a consultant with the Department of Education and has facilitated the Leading Schools Improvement workshops with the Institute of Professional Learning; and has also been a school reviewer, reviewing primary and secondary Independent Public Schools.  Karen has lectured in the Masters in Teaching and Masters in School Leadership degrees at the University of Western Australia.

As a District Principal Consultant Karen has organized and participated in two study tours for Principals to visit schools across Australia, researching best practice of networked schools in delivering senior school reforms. Karen also recently spent two weeks in England visiting Universities and schools as a part of a UWA study tour. Her focus was on senior school including educational program delivery, assessment practices and school self-assessment processes, comparing this to current local and national practices in Australia.  Dr Read’s thesis, awarded in 2013 from UWA, focused on large scale senior school curriculum reform.

Amanda Reid

As a local Bassendean resident where she has lived with her family for more than 15 years, Amanda has a strong interest in the local community and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and how they can mutually benefit from a strong and productive relationship.

Amanda is a Partner of GRA Partners, a specialist government relations and corporate communications firm. She has a strong background in government relations and communications having worked as a senior advisor in State Government, for national government relations firms, as well as in corporate public relations.

Amanda sits on several boards, holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Journalism and Politics from Curtin University and has completed the ACID Company Directors Course.

Vanessa Hopes

A current Visual Arts/Media student at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, Vanessa has over 15 years’ experience in the music industry as a singer/songwriter and producer.

In 2016 while studying at Cyril Jackson, Vanessa released her self-produced debut album ‘Free’ and has recently taken out the 2017 nationally ran competition ‘One Eye On The Stranger’ for her hit single ‘Home’.

She has previously worked with the likes of Archie Roach, Kav Temperley and is looking forward to working with Spiderbait’s Kram resulting from her recent WAM win.

Vanessa has a strong passion for the community, drawing on her past and role as a mother for inspiration. She is an active member of the local community, tutoring at-risk youth and acting as an ambassador for Drug Aware, among other roles.

As a student body representative, Vanessa is an advocate for her peers and the wider community. She brings enthusiasm, passion, leadership as well as the ability to tackle anything by thinking outside of the box.

Tamika Byrne

Tamika and her family relocated from a remote town in the State’s Mid West a couple of year ago to take up a position with Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in as Manager Corporate Services and also Secretary of the Board.

She has a strong commitment to providing a supportive environment for students and creating opportunities and growth for the campus.

Tamika’s experience brings knowledge from managing a corporation in the private sector and working with various government agencies including WA Police and Department of Housing and Works before commencing with the Department for Education.

She is also a strong advocate for volunteering in the community and has been involved with a range of sporting committees, and worked as a volunteer ambulance paramedic for three years in conjunction with providing support to the rural fire brigade.

Belinda Stewart

After teaching in the Intensive English Centre for almost 15 years, in 2016 Belinda was appointed as its Deputy Principal. She is responsible for more than 30 teachers and education assistants who all work to provide the best possible educational outcomes for newly arrived migrant and refugee students.

Prior to taking on this leadership role Belinda was a Level 3 Classroom Teacher and taught at all levels of the program over my years in the IEC.

Through the board Belinda has been able to advocate for the needs of these students and has appreciated the support of the board in setting up a grant and fundraising to help students access subsidised driving lessons.

She’s a passionate advocate for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and have been involved in WATESOL, the professional association of teachers of English as a second language for 15 years, taking on a range of rolls on the committee.

Through this committee Belinda has been involved in the successful lobbying of state and federal governments and the Department of Education to make changes to support CALD students’ educational opportunities, as well at providing professional learning for teachers of CALD students.

Teresa Porter

Teresa is an experienced, highly competent teacher adept at a broad range of skills associated with her role as a teacher of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics and Modern History) at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. She delivers General and ATAR courses to year 11 and year 12 students both on campus and in iLearn (flexible learning) mode. In her capacity as iLearn Flexible Learning Coordinator, Teresa also provides support to all iLearn students and other iLearn teachers.

Teresa has an interest in and extensive experience in the integration of ICT in classroom practices. She has a firm belief that technologies can provide students with engaging learning experiences that support new ways of thinking, knowing, and problem solving. Teresa has developed a number of successful online courses using a variety of platforms.

Having taught at Cyril Jackson for over 20 years, Teresa is passionate about the campus. She is committed to supporting campus initiatives that provide equal opportunities and maximise the educational achievements of all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and/or disability.

As a member of the Board, she looks forward to working collaboratively with other members to ensure that Cyril Jackson continues to grow as a quality educational institution that meets the educational needs of students and adapts to the demands and challenges of the future.

Vanessa Buemi

Vanessa is the Program Coordinator of Curriculum and Vocational Education and Training at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Vanessa’s background is in Visual Art; she holds a Diploma, Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Master of Creative Arts and has exhibited her work extensively within Australia and Internationally.

Vanessa is a strong advocate of Vocational Education and Training, having started her own pathway at TAFE. The many alternate pathways now available to students drives Vanessa to tirelessly seek opportunities that benefit all students who attend CJSC.

CJSC changes lives. Having the privilege to work at this school has changed her life and finally she feels like she working in a place that mirrors her personal philosophy and ethics regarding equity and human rights.

Vanessa has taught many different courses, both ATAR and General in Visual Art, Design, Photography, Media, ICT, Career and Enterprise and Certificate courses. Leadership roles include HOLA of the Arts, ICT coordinator, Aboriginal ITAS Coordinator and Tutor with additional experience as a WACE exam marker and teaching in the Gifted and Talented Visual Art program at Applecross Senior High School.

Whilst VET Coordinator, Vanessa’s student won the VET Beazley award in 2014; a great testament to the value of VET in schools. These programs create opportunities for our students to gain real hands-on training in their industry area of choice, making them more competitive for post school training, study, apprenticeships and employment.

Vanessa takes a strategic approach in all facets of her role at CJSC carefully ensuring alignment with the Business Plan. Her outstanding networking abilities and working relationships with key personnel in the Education and Vocational Training sectors, facilitate growth and enterprise at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.

Paul Waterson

Originally from England and Wales, Paul immigrated to Perth, with his family in the 1980s. He’s been a resident of Bassendean for 18 years and has watched with pleasure, the growing vibrancy in the community.

He currently works as a Team Leader for the Department of Youth Justice principally working with people with complex needs in the justice system.

Paul has a diverse background, having commenced his studies in Mining Engineering, then graduating as a fine artist at Curtin University, before co-developing a Furniture and Interior Design company (mad cow design) and later moving into the Public Service.

He says he loves attending quiz nights and refuses to give up on playing indoor soccer, despite his lack of ability.

William Pollard

William has over 25 years of experience in government high schools in WA, mostly as an English as a English an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) specialist and a Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Workplace Learning (WPL) coordinator.

He has worked with private and government schools in Melbourne and Japan, coordinated international exchange programs and worked as an International Students Officer for the University of WA.

Will has a passion for student advocacy and, after studying part-time for a number of years am admitted as an Australian Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

He has recently had papers been published in the areas of classroom research and world trade law.

He brings an extensive range of experiences to both Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and the Board.

Alenka Jeram

Alenka has been working in asylum seeker/refugee sector for over a decade  and has spent the majority of that time in Migration Support Programs (MSP) for the Australian Red Cross.

Alenka has been managing the expansion of Community Detention program in WA since early 2011 including as part of the International Tracing Restoring Family Links network. She was appointed to a Senior Manager position four years ago. Red Cross’s MSP team is now recognised for having an excellent team culture and for implementing innovative approaches to community development and youth initiatives.

Two years ago, Red Cross became the only WA provider delivering Humanitarian Settlement Program, looking after newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants, many of them students at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.

Prior to joining Red Cross, Alenka worked at Association of Services for Torture and Trauma Survivors as an Innovation Coordinator.

She has an extensive research background and holds a degree in Political Science and Social Justice from Notre Dame University and is a Leadership WA graduate.