About

Staff

Management

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Simon
Director

Before assuming his duties as the Director of the PEO in Jan 2010, Simon worked for over 24 years as a senior legal officer and educator in Defence. His duties during his Defence service included leading several Defence educational organisations, mentoring staff college students and the provision of education services, including experiential training, to all ranks of the Defence Force. He derives great satisfaction from leading a talented and enthusiastic team of professionals in educating students and teachers in parliamentary matters.

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John
Education Manager

John joined the PEO as an educator in 2002 after many years in performing arts education, set design and theatre production. This background was a perfect match for the work of the PEO where there is a strong belief in finding new, exciting and dynamic ways to turn the work of the Parliament into a meaningful experience for students of all ages. John has developed new resources for the Education Centre, travelled Australia delivering programs and established the PEO video production unit. Currently he is responsible for the management of the very creative and skilful PEO education team and the programs they deliver.

Administration

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Jodie
Office Manager

Jodie joined the PEO in 1998, fulfilling a long held ambition to work at Parliament House. Jodie looks after the day to day finance, travel and administrative matters of the office and enjoys taking calls from the many students and teachers around Australia who need help with homework or teaching about Parliament. Jodie loves working in the PEO and lists some of her highlights as the Parliament of Wizards production, meeting Gough Whitlam at the Separation of Powers Forum and the launch of the online video project. She thinks there's no better place to work!

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Judy
Education Centre Coordinator

Judy is responsible for coordinating the PEO's education programs, scheduling the role-play timetable and looking after the general needs of the office. Her background includes administration and financial services and she is thrilled to be able to put these skills into practice for the PEO. Judy loves working with students and enjoys the friendly and fun experience of the PEO.

Project Managers

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Jason
Parliamentary Education Support and Liaison Officer

Working at Parliament House as an Educator is a real buzz for Jason. He has worked with youth for many years as a secondary teacher in Queensland and the UK and in a variety of roles with marginalised youth. He has also worked on youth and education policy and programs for the government and non-government sectors. A passionate advocate of social justice, Jason considers Parliament House the perfect place to 'raise your voice and be heard'. He hopes to encourage young people to get involved and make a difference.

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Seona
Project Manager

Seona joined the PEO in 2012 from a background in exhibitions, events, outreach and education. She is particularly interested in using technology to engage secondary students and adults, as well as primary school students, with Australia’s parliamentary system and how it affects their lives. Seona believes it is a privilege to work in such a great building and have the opportunity to observe the workings of Parliament up close.

Parliamentary Educators

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Anne
Parliamentary Educator

Anne worked in legal drafting and as a primary school teacher before joining the PEO in 2002. Anne has worked on many programs and parliamentary education resources, including Rotary Adventure in Citizenship, Parliament of Wizards and Parliament in Pictures. She loves engaging with students and teachers at Parliament House and across Australia, helping them to understand their connection to Parliament and the importance of getting involved in the political process. Anne enjoys the fun and momentum of working in the PEO and being in the 'thick of the action' at Parliament House, especially when important national issues are on the agenda.

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Ruth
Parliamentary Educator

Before joining the PEO in 2008, Ruth worked as an educator at the National Film and Sound Archive and as a researcher and writer for AustralianScreen, an educational website. Ruth has also worked in the public broadcasting sector as a trainer, producer and presenter. She loves the challenge of making Parliament accessible to school students and showing them just how fascinating Parliament can be. A highlight for Ruth has been working on Get Parliament, and the Closer Look papers.

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Andrew
Parliamentary Educator

Since leaving the classroom in 2003, Andrew has been teaching, travelling and producing written and on-line resources for the PEO. Andrew has experience as a teacher of English, ESL, media and music and has used this experience when preparing and delivering programs and resources for the PEO. Some of Andrew’s favourite projects have involved developing interactives for the office’s website, travelling to universities and schools around Australia and writing scripts for classes to role-play. Andrew greatly enjoys the ongoing challenge of finding new ways to help students to connect with the Parliament.

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Rick
Parliamentary Educator

Rick started at the PEO in 2013 after many years of experience working with young people and encouraging them to discover more about civics and citizenship. He has taught English, History and Religious Education at secondary schools in both Canberra and regional New South Wales. Before the PEO, Rick satisfied his ‘election tragic’ nature by working as an electoral educator, staff trainer and assistant manager with the Australian Electoral Commission. Rick loves meeting school groups from around Australia and assisting them to experience parliament in action. 

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Marissa
Parliamentary Educator

Marissa joined the PEO team in 2013. Before this she was a high school teacher of many subjects including her favourites:  History and Civics and Citizenship. She is happy to be in a role delivering meaningful learning experiences and working regularly with young people. She enjoys learning and teaching about Parliament and loves engaging students in a deeper understanding about Parliament through role-play. She is very excited to be working in Parliament House, which is not only beautiful and interesting, but a hub of activity.

Casual Parliamentary Educators

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Alison
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Alison has loved working in the PEO since she started in May 2009. Initially trained as a geologist, Alison subsequently worked for two major mineral exploration companies. Her love of people and learning led her to study teaching at the University of Cambridge England. Since then, she has put her training to good use as a science teacher and TAFE course coordinator. Being an Educator in the PEO, she particularly enjoys leading the fun, interesting and interactive parliamentary role-play sessions.

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Jodie
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Jodie considers herself very lucky to be able to share her interest in Parliament with students from around Australia. She combines working at the PEO with teaching part-time and has a passion for introducing students to the foundations of Australian government and law. Before becoming a teacher, Jodie worked in a number of different policy and legislative areas for the government.

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Penny
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Having failed Retirement 101, Penny started with the PEO in August 2010 as a Casual Educator. Previously she was an Executive Teacher with the NSW and ACT Departments of Education, teaching Art to students at high school and college level. She then followed 27 years of teaching by working as the Public Programs Officer for Canberra Museum and Gallery, and then as an Assistant Adviser for the Speaker of the House, Harry Jenkins MP, in the 42nd Parliament.

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Di
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Di was a Year 5/6 teacher in the ACT until she joined the PEO in 2009. During her time in the classroom Di rated units of work related to Australia’s Parliament as some of the most interesting to teach. She was always excited to hear students begin to ‘buzz’ about a topic they had decided was going to be boring! Di enjoys sharing her day with students and teachers from all around Australia as they participate in the PEO role-play program.

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Sarah
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Sarah joined the PEO in 2012 as a Casual Educator. Originally trained to teach English and Studies of Society and the Environment, her love of Civics and Citizenship grew out of an early passion for History. She loves seeing students engage in the serious yet fun debates in the Education Centre and likes to think she brings an international outlook to Australian parliamentary education.

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Stephen
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Stephen joined the PEO in 2009 having worked in adult rural education for many years, initially as a farm advisor and later as an Agricultural College lecturer. He also participates on stage in amateur theatre, and the skills learnt there prove ideal in organising the parliamentary role-play students. Stephen finds every class at Parliament House rewarding and stimulating. He also works as an education volunteer at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and this produces some interesting reactions when students meet him at both venues!

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Diane
Casual Parliamentary Educator

It doesn’t get much better for Diane than being able to combine her two favourite things - education and politics - as a Casual Educator. After teaching English in a Japanese High School, Diane worked as a Parliamentary Guide, an AEC Educator and continues working at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She still loves the atmosphere in the building on a sitting day and the fact that Australia’s students are welcome to view the action in the biggest house in the country.

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Shane
Casual Parliamentary Educator

Shane joined the PEO team in August 2012 and combines his role as a Casual Educator with that of a Parliamentary Guide. Shane has worked as a teacher of English, Japanese and Religious Education to primary, secondary and tertiary students at schools in both Japan and Australia. He has also worked in Education and Public Program roles at the Embassy of Japan, Charles Sturt University, the Electoral Education Centre and Old Parliament House – all in Canberra. Shane loves helping people feel more at home in, and more knowledgeable about, their House – Parliament House.

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