Committee Bios

Toni Falusi

President

Toni Falusi, is the ACT Project Officer for the Adelaide University’s Computer Science Education Research (CSER) MOOCs programme, facilitating Professional Learning for educators, President of Information Technology Educators Association ACT and Head STEM Coach, Australian Science Innovations Curious Minds Program.

Toni has spent over 18 years as a teacher across both primary and secondary schools as well as in a teacher librarian role.  Throughout her career Toni has had a focus on implementing ICT and Digital Technologies education in the classroom and also in a coaching role as part of the school executive team. She is currently working as a sessional lecturer at Australian Catholic University, Canberra.

Toni can assist with:

  • Primary School
  • Supporting Teachers in Professional Learning
  • Whole School Implementation of Digital Technologies

Peter Kent

Vice President

Peter has a long history of leading successful technology empowered innovation that combines educational research with education practice and policy.  In 2010 Peter was awarded the prestigious international merit based Australian Government Endeavour Award in recognition of his significant international leadership in the field of innovation in education. In 2016 Peter received an ACEL – Excellence in Leadership Award based on his record in delivering whole school change and his significant contribution to the professional learning of others.  

Peter was the lead author of Macmillan Australia’s Educational Masterclass Professional Development series with a number of Peter’s books used within university teacher education programs.   Peter is currently the Principal of Birrigai Outdoor School and has held senior management positions within a multi-national Ed Tech company, and education policy positions within the ACT Education Directorate. 

Peter can assist with:

  • Primary School
  • School Leadership
  • Strategic Planning

Juliette Major

Secretary

Juliette is the Leader of Learning for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at St Clare’s College in Canberra. She has a Masters in Education (ICT) and has been a teacher for over 25 years in Canberra. Juliette is passionate about empowering girls to seek STEM subjects and careers.

She works with professional associations to be of service to other ICT educators in Canberra specifically through InTEACT and the Australian Computer Society. She is also an Australian event partner for VEX Robotics in the Canberra and Goulburn region.

Juliette can assist with:

  • Primary School
  • High School
  • Senior Secondary
  • ACT BSSS courses
  • VEX Robotics
  • Vocational Education
  • Space School

Bruce Fuda

Treasurer

Bruce Fuda is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy and the Project Lead on the Schools Cyber Security Challenges Project. Prior to joining the ACA, he was acting as an Associate Principal of a government college in the ACT with a population of around 1200 students in Years 11 and 12. Bruce has 13 years experience working in secondary schools, teaching all years levels from Year 6 through 12.

He was a member of the advisory group for the writing of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, and later joined the writing team during the consultation and review process. He was the 2016 ACCE/ACS Australian ICT Educator of the Year, and founding President of Information Technology Educators ACT.

Bruce can assist with:

  • Curriculum design
  • School structure / leadership
  • ICT integration
  • Professional learning
  • Programming
  • Web development
  • Cyber Security
  • Assessment design

Mariëtte Knezevic

Committee Member

Mariëtte studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and specialised in Creative Teaching. She moved to Australia in 2016.

She is a Microsoft certified trainer and did adult training in Canberra’s CBD for 18 months. She currently teaches year 7 – 12 Digital Technologies at Trinity Christian School.

Mariëtte is the OnStage Performance coordinator and secretary for the ACT RoboCup committee and was a judge for the OnStage Performance for the 2019 RoboCub Nationals.

She has an absolute passion for teaching and loves helping teachers incorporate Digital Technologies into their classes.

Mariëtte can assist with:

  • Primary School
  • High School
  • Senior Secondary
  • ACT BSSS courses
  • RoboCup Junior Australia
  • Vocational Education
  • Microsoft Office Online Certification

Edwin Griffin

Committee Member

Edwin began teaching IT in the Senior Secondary Sector of the ACT in 2012. Since then he has used a variety of languages and platforms for delivery, from Basic, to C# and finally Python. Teaching at Gungahlin College since 2014, the school now has the highest number of IT enrolments of any secondary college in the ACT, and their student projects are reviewed by local university academics and industry professionals at a standard equivalent to third year computer science undergraduates.

Multiple workshops are held at the college throughout the year to help support local schools education of IT, provide students with industry connections, and allow local industries to see what the students are capable of. He believes that IT is an incredible tool that can be combined with a variety of passions to create some truly unique and world changing things. If all students are taught IT foundations, in addition to the problem solving skills and knowledge they’ll acquire, it will open a host of possibilities that they may never have thought of.

Edwin can assist with:

  • Programming
  • Game Design
  • Web Design
  • Online / distance learning

Sanjay Sharma

Committee Member

Sanjay has been teaching IT and Electronics at Canberra College for the past eight years. Prior to this he has taught science, mathematics, electronics and IT for ten years in a girls only and co-ed schools in Canberra and Victoria.

Sanjay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Mathematical Sciences, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and obtained his Masters of Information Technology at the University of Canberra.

Sanjay was one of the authors of the BSSS Robotics and Mechatronics course for Year 11 and 12 students in the ACT.

Sanjay can assist with:

  • Senior Secondary
  • Robotics
  • Arduino

Jim Riley

Committee Member

Jim has been teaching for over 16 years in the ACT area in all areas from Pre-School to the Senior Secondary Sector. He is currently assigned to Gungahlin College in the Information Technology Faculty teaching Game Design, Robotics and Mechatronics and the Year 10 Extension Science program.

Jim has been teaching IT and Robotics for the majority of his career in each sector. He began in the Primary Sector, focusing on Years 3-6, and also worked for two years working in a Learning Support Unit (Autism). He began working in the High School sector in 2009 and has since moved into the Senior Secondary Area.

Jim has a passion for robotics education as he believes it is a valuable tool for learning practical applications of Digital Technologies along with learning engineering principles and the scientific method. He holds great value in teaching the benefits of design thinking and seeing “failure” as an opportunity to learn. He is the current Vice President of RoboCup Junior Australia, and a member of the ACT RoboCup Junior Senior Executive.

Jim can assist with:

  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Sphero / BeeBots
  • Programming
  • Blockly/Scratch
  • Python
  • Game Development (Unity / Unreal Engine / Godot / Maya)
  • RoboCup Junior Competition – Years 3-12

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