Meet your SACAL Executive Committee
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Vicki Hartman, Foundation Skills Mentor, Tauondi Aboriginal College. Vicki has been involved in adult literacy and numeracy since 2009, first as a lecturer in the Certificate I in Introduction to Vocational Education to her current role as Foundation Skills Mentor. In her current role, Vicki assesses all enrolling students Literacy and Numeracy (L&N) levels against ACSF which assists in guiding students to relevant vocational training. Part of her role includes coordinating and monitoring L&N tutor support to individuals, and course groups, working with trainers and tutors to provide construct individual L&N development/ learning plans.
Sue has taught students with various levels of language, literacy and numeracy for TAFE SA since 1995. Her roles have included on-campus, workplace and blended delivery. She integrates the use of e-learning and websites to enable learners to move from the known to the unknown and to increase engagement through interactivity and enjoyment leading to improved quality of life in areas such as health, finance and employment opportunities. In addition, she has coordinated WELL programs since 2000. Sue has been an Executive Member of SACAL since 2008.
Bonnie is passionate about helping students who have previously struggled or lost confidence in tackling language and literacy issues. Coordinating training and WELL programs for adults in industry throughout SA, she loves the challenge of integrating organisational and LLN requirements to reduces stress for participants. She is currently working with long term unemployed using specific employment skills (pathways programs) and Foundation Skills Training Package. Bonnie also supports adults change career paths by gaining skills for police and correctional entrance exams. She was previously a member of the SACAL Executive and rejoined in 2018.
Katie Ryan has worked in the Vocational Education and Training sector for over 10 years, delivering and assessing from the Children’s Services Training Package and the Training and Assessment Package.
Katie’s qualifications include Bachelor of Education (Adult, Vocational and workplace learning), Diploma of Children’s Services, Cert IV Language Literacy Numeracy Assessment and Training, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, and Address Foundation Skills Skill Set. Katie is currently employed at a NGO as a RTO Consultant for more than 7 years and supports Learning programs that provide accredited learning from a variety of training packages.
Kate has taught English to children and adults in China, the Philippines, and Indonesia. In Australia, she has taught English to high school students and adult migrants, academic and study skills to university students, and literacy skills to TAFE students.
Teresa has been teaching English language for nearly 15 years, and has worked with migrants and refugees as well as international students. Teresa has also delivered staff training on language, literacy and numeracy and often mentors colleagues. She is also on the SA TESOL committee. Teresa was part of the planning committee for the 2015 ACAL National Conference, held in Adelaide.
Dr Josie Misko is a senior research fellow with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). She has been with NCVER since 1993 and during that time has observed, researched and written widely about the implementation of early and continuing reforms in the Australian VET system.
Being co-opted to the Executive of SACAL gives her a special understanding of the current and practical issues being currently experienced by adult literacy practitioners and how policy reforms about foundations skills, and training and assessment qualifications, impact those who need to deliver and or manage adult literacy programs.
Melanie is the Director of The Klevar Group. She specialises in the use of technology in learning and development and learning experience design.
Melanie has worked in the VET sector for over 15 years. She holds a MBA, Master of Philosophy, Bachelor of Education (Education and Training of Adults) and a Bachelor of Arts. Melanie is passionate about learning in all its forms, especially the capability development with educators.
Lidia has been involved in Adult Education for over 20 years – 10 years as a literacy/numeracy teacher and program coordinator; 6 years as an EAL/D lecturer and 6 years in management, including 2 years in a Senior Educational Management role. Lidia developed a passion for project -based teaching in her first role as a TAFE SA lecturer working with disengaged youth back in 1995. Fast forward to more recent times, Lidia has used her knowledge, experience and expertise to develop an award -winning program, called Plan a Project, and is currently working with migrant job seekers in the SEE (Skills, Education and Employment) program.
Lidia brings to the table 4 years of experience as a member of the AUSA (Association of Ukrainians in SA Inc) Executive Committee where she contributed to both the Association’s Communication strategy as well developing a Community Engagement strategy.
Lidia won an Australian Training Award, Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award in 2018.