DRAWING ON OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION DEGREES FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Dean of Education
BA., DIP.ED., DIP.BIBL.ST., ED.D., FACE, FACEL.
Before coming to Morling at the beginning of 2022, John was the Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura (Indigenous) School for 12 years and, prior to that, was Principal of a multi denominational Christian School and a Government School, ranging over 31 years of Principalship. He is the chair of the Anglican Education Commission and a member of the Synod of the Sydney Diocese, and a Lay Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral, a recent past Chair of AHISA (NSW/ACT) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
For seven years, he Chaired the Academic Committee of AHISA (NSW/ACT),which dealt extensively with the state curriculum authority.
He is a past recipient of the Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award, an Australian College of Educators recognition for outstanding educational leadership and the Principals Australia Institute John Laing Professional Development Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal for educational leadership, by the Australian College of Educators, the first ever Head of an Independent School to be so honoured.
He is immediate past Chair of the Independent Sporting Association and of the International Baccalaureate Heads’ Association (NSW/ACT). His doctoral studies were in Christian Education, Leadership and the Development of Culture and Ethos and his books, Teaching Well: Insights for Educators in Christian Schools and Better Learning: Trajectories for Christian Educators, are used widely in Anglican and other Christian Schools.
In 2018, his book Pupils, Pimples and Parents: being a prophetic voice to the community as Head of School, was published and widely acquired by NSW Principals.
You can view more abour John and his publications here.
Senior Lecturer, Education
BSC (HONS), CERT ED, MED, PHD MACEL
Pam is passionate about Christian education and over the years has had great satisfaction in helping numerous teachers and pre-service teachers develop a sound philosophy and practice of Christian education. She has been involved in Christian education for over thirty years, working in Australia and Indonesia where she was Head of Curriculum and Primary Education at a Christian university near Jakarta. Since July 2011 when she returned to Australia Pam has been a valued member of the Faculty of Education at Morling College, firstly, as the Dean and now has moved to a part-time position as Senior Lecturer as she transitions to retirement.
Lecturer in Education and Research Coordinator
DipTeach, BEd, MEd, PhD
Nola is Education Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Morling, where she lectures in the Master of Education program. Her interests include learning and teaching, cognition and metacognition, teacher professional development, giftedness, twice exceptionality, and autism/Asperger's syndrome.
After a varied career working in K-12 schools and at university, Nola completed her PhD in 2014. Her thesis title is ‘A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies’. Her research utilised neuroscience and autism research to interpret findings from in-depth interviews with gifted adults with Asperger syndrome. Nola’s research led to the development of a conceptual framework for professional development of pre-service and practising teachers to transform understanding of the unique learning needs and strengths of gifted students who have Asperger syndrome.
Prior to working full-time on her doctoral research, Nola was ICT Integration Coordinator at a K-12 independent co-educational school on the outskirts of Sydney, where her role was to work in professional development of teachers across the curriculum in the sound, innovative use of information technologies in the classroom.
(2011, November 18, 2011 - November 20, 2011). From neuroscience to Multiple Intelligences: Making sense of Asperger syndrome for teachers of mainstream students Preparing 21st Century Minds: Using Brain Research to Enhance Cognitive Skills for the Future: Learning and the Brain, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA.
(2012a, October). Learning and memory in gifted young people and adults with Asperger syndrome. Higher Degree Research Conference, University of Wollongong, NSW.
(2012b). Neuroscience, Aspergers and twice-exceptionality: Teacher professional development needed. Proceedings 2011-2012: A bi-annual publication by The Teachers' Guild of New South Wales, 42-44. http://www.teachersguild.nsw.edu.au/proceedings
(2014a, July). The cognitive profile of gifted learners with ASD: Pedagogical implications Aspect Autism in Education Conference, Redfern, Sydney.
(2014b). A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies [Thesis, University of Wollongong]. Wollongong, NSW. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/4242
(2017a, 18-20 September). Cognitive characteristic of learners with high-functioning autism: Translating neuroscience research for teacher professional learning. Science of Learning Conference, Brisbane.
(2017b, 19 August). Learner characteristics and cognitive profile of students with autism (ASD): A framework of thinking, memory and learning. ACHEA Conference, Alphacrucis College, Parramatta, NSW.
(2018a, 20 April 2018). A new perspective on neurodiversity: Characteristics of people with and without autism within a framework of thinking, memory and learning International Conference for Christian Educators, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. https://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2018_icce_conference_e-book_of_peer_reviewed_papers.pdf
(2018b, 10 August). Personal identity and Asperger syndrome Christian Identity in the Public Arena Conference, Excelsia College, Macquarie Park, NSW.
Norris, N. G., & Dixon, R. (2011). Twice exceptional: Gifted students with Asperger syndrome. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 20(2), 34-45. https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;res=IELHSS;dn=063844801735603
Researcher in Residence
BA, BTh, DipEd, MEd, ThM, EdD, FIA
Perry joined the Morling team in 2020. From 1990 to 2019 Perry and his family served as missionaries in the Middle East. During the 1990s Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centres in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. At ABTS Perry led the development of a highly innovative curriculum, which has led to a significant role as a faculty development consultant for theological schools across the globe.
Perry serves on the Peer Review Committee of the Christian Education Journal, the MTh/EdD/PhD in Education Programmes Committee for the Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST Alliance), and the Theological Education Programme Board for the London School of Theology. Perry has written Transforming Theological Education (translated to French and Spanish) and co-edited Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, and also authored the TEE texts The Art of Teaching (translated to Arabic, Farsi, Armenian, and Urdu) and The Acts of the Apostles (translated to Arabic). Perry has also published numerous articles in the fields of Education, Intercultural Studies, and Christian Leadership.
Perry has written Transforming Theological Education: A Practical Handbook for Integrative Learning (Langham second edition 2022), which has been translated French and Spanish, and co-edited Teaching across Cultures: A Global Christian Perspective (Langham 2021) and Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education (Langham 2018), as well as authoring the TEE texts The Art of Teaching (translated to Arabic, Farsi, Armenian, and Urdu) and The Acts of the Apostles (translated to Arabic). Perry has also published numerous articles in the fields of Education, Intercultural Studies, and Christian Leadership.
Administrator - Faculty of Education
Postgraduate Course Advisor
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Lyndel started working at Morling College in January 2012 for the Faculty of Education. Lyndel assists and serves students from around the world with their studies at Morling College.
Bradley, C., Bradley, K., Dawson-Davis, L. & Harris, N. (1996). Design & Technology. Oxford University Press.
Lecturer in Christian Ministry & Thought
Education Adjunct Lecturer
BSocsc., BTh., BTh.(Hons), MTh., PhD
Brian has pastored churches in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and has also been involved in theological education in each of these countries. He was the Principal of Vose Seminary, in Perth Australia from 2004 - 2020. Brian has served on the board of several Christian schools including the Western Australian and National Council of Christian Schools Australia. Brian is in demand as a speaker and teacher. His PhD has been published by Mellen Press, and he has written numerous articles in both scholarly and popular journals, and well as contributing chapters to several books.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
OAM, BA, MEd [Syd], PhD [Alberta], FACE , FACEL.
Ted has always enjoyed his role as a teacher in schools, churches and universities. This teaching role included his experience as a university lecturer at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney as well as in Canada. Ted was a visiting scholar and professor at Regent College, Vancouver, for 13 months in 1983/84. Since 1985 Ted has been Principal of Pacific Hills Christian School, Dural in the northern suburbs of Sydney, and is currently also Executive Principal of Pacific Coast Christian School, Pacific Hope School, Pacific Valley Christian School, Valley Hope School on the far north coast of New South Wales, and Pacific Brook Christian School in Muswellbrook. He believes that God and His Word should form the basis of Christian educational thinking and practice and that Christian education should be distinctive as a representation of the grace and truth of God.
Ted was the first principal of the Institute of Christian Tertiary Education, which later became Southland College and then the Faculty of Education at Morling College. Ted has also been a lecturer at Macquarie University, the University of Alberta Canada, a Professor at Regent College, a part time lecturer at Sydney University, the University of Western Sydney and Principal of a Christian School for more than 35 years.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
Greg has been a teacher and leader in Christian schools for over 30 years and is now ‘retired'. His area of specialization was Biblical Studies though he always maintains he is a Primary School Teacher at heart. This experience fuels his passion for students to come to a proper theological understanding of the Bible, the Worldview it presents and the Jesus that stands at the heart of both. Greg has been involved in the Biblical Foundations courses at Morling Education and currently teaching the Foundations of Christian Education and the Worldview Assumptions in Education courses.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
DIPTEACH, BED, MED, GRAD CERT DIV
Kathy completed her Master of Education (Special Education) degree at Sydney University in 2003. She has worked for over 30 years in the roles of a General Primary teacher and Support Teacher Learning Assistance in both Primary and High School.
Kathy has also held an executive position in the Special Education area where she worked alongside health professionals. Kathy has worked in both State and Private Schools. Recently she has been a casual teacher at Inaburra and Shire Christian School. Her interest in Special Needs has also lead her into working with students who have ASD. Kathy is keen to attend conferences and workshops which provide quality information regarding students with special needs. Kathy considers that her vast experience in Education provides a realistic approach to supporting students with special needs.
BEd Primary (Hons), MEd, PhD, DipBibStudies (Hons), PreThCert, HALT, MACE
Melissa has been involved in the Education sector for over 27 years, and enjoys the opportunity to lead and develop teachers, as well as teach in the classroom with her Year 5 class. After completing her PhD in 2003 on Gender Differentiation in Emergent Literacy, Melissa worked to support teachers in the development of inclusive teaching strategies in Primary schools across NSW. As a Highly Accomplished teacher, she has mentored and supported staff through the processes of accreditation with NESA.
Melissa has worked in both State and Private Schools, and currently serves as Assistant Head of Middle School at Pacific Hills Christian School in Dural, New South Wales. She has a heart for overseas mission, service and teacher training. Melissa has supported and trained teachers in Nepal, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Moldova. She loves to stand alongside other educators who are faithfully serving Jesus in teaching children and young adults about God’s grace and goodness.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
B.A., Grad Dip Ed., M.A., Certificate of Theology with First class honours, MEd (Leadership).
Rebecca is a passionate and professional Christian educator of over 27 years teaching and leadership experience in a variety of schools in both Australia and the UK. Rebecca currently serves as Principal of Tyndale Christian School in Sydney and believes that through Biblically shaped teaching students learn that life has order, meaning, and purpose. It is her desire that graduating students will apply the peace of Christ to a broken world, redeem that which is right and true in accordance with Philippians 4:8, be transformed into the likeness of Christ and equipped to lead a life of service to others.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
EdD; PhD(Hon); MA; PGDip Arts; DipTchg
Dr Richard Edlin is the Director of Edserv International, a small mission organisation serving Christian education communities around the world, (www.edservinternational.org). Prior to that, for 10 years, he was principal of the National Institute for Christian Education (NICE), a postgraduate Christian teacher training institution based in Australia. Originally from New Zealand, he and his family have lived for extended periods of time in several countries including the United States of America, Bolivia, South Korea, and Australia.
Dr Edlin is a well-known international speaker on topics relating to worldview, cultural sensitivity, and education from a Christian perspective. Of his many writings, The Cause of Christian Education, now in its 4th edition and which has been translated into several languages, is his most well-known work.
Dr Edlin believes that his lifelong involvement in Christian education at school and higher education levels around the world has given him a few pointers that might be helpful to others working in this space. His background that is useful for his work with Morling includes a reformed critical realist philosophy, teaching in both the independent and government education sectors, design of course materials, institutional leadership, accreditation preparation and evaluation, critical friend consultancy, and teacher professional development. He enjoys working with Christian teachers who are seeking to dynamically develop and enhance biblically authentic concepts and pedagogy. As well as giving from his experience, he looks forward to learning from the experiences and insights of his students as well.
Education Adjunct Lecturer
BA(HONS), MHPED, DIPCS (POST GRAD), PHD, MACE, MCAPS.
Stephen has worked in the helping and teaching professions for over 35 years. He has had the privilege of combining his research into how people relate interpersonally, and what that looks like within community, with his work throughout this time. For the last 30 years, Stephen’s focus has been in Christian schooling. In his roles as a Principal, Counsellor and Teacher, Stephen has pursued the themes of belonging, engagement, respect, and the balance of justice and mercy as worship in this context. This has been done with an eye to consider the impact that these relational dynamics have on teaching, learning and serving from a Biblical understanding.
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