Our Committee Members

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Mark Bunnett -  President

Mark is the President of Drama Territory. His first teaching job was at a remote school out of Katherine followed by several years in Darwin primary schools. Following a career in the Royal Australian Navy Mark returned to teaching and took up the position of drama teacher at Darwin High School in 2017.

He is passionate about drama in education spent his years in primary schools incorporating drama across the curriculum before moving on to teach secondary school drama. He also has extensive experience as an actor in theatre productions.

Mark is the founder and President of Drama Territory which provides quality professional development opportunities supporting drama teachers, and teachers who are interested in drama. This gives teachers the knowledge to enhance students’ learning experiences and provide them with a range of skills and qualities that would be useful in any future career.

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Ambrose Nicholls-Skene -  Vice-President

Ambrose Nicholls-Skene is a middle years educator specialising in music, media studies and English. Having recently graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Education (Special Education) Ambrose is incorporating strategies and pedagogy addressing diverse learners. As an OLT tutor Ambrose is involved in teacher education focusing on students with additional needs. Currently, as Year Level Coordinator at Dripstone Middle School, he is initiating a reading comprehension program for students requiring additional support in converting text to meaningful reading. Ambrose was on the PTANT board during 2018-2019 and had returned as an inaugural member of ATOM NT, focused on the promotion of arts education.

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Andrea Fulton - Treasurer 

Andrea is a teaching and learning officer in the Quality Teaching & Learning branch of the Department of Education and the Treasurer of PTANT.

A Territory educator since 1983 Andrea has worked in primary and middle schools in a variety of roles and has supported teachers and school leaders in various corporate roles in Curriculum T-9, ESL methodology, assessment and data literacy.

Andrea has been a long-term member of ALEA Top End Council and ATESOL NT executive committees.  She was a member of the steering committee for the 2014 ALEA National Conference and the 2017 PTANT Festival of Teaching.  Andrea chaired the 2021 PTANT Festival of Teaching steering committee.  Andrea is passionate about building teacher capacity to improve student well-being and life consequences.

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Graeme Sawyer  -  Secretary

Graeme Sawyer is the Vice President on the National Executive Board for the Australian Association for Environment Education (AAEE), the President of AAEE NT and is the Managing Director at Entity 1. Graeme has a background in Education firstly as a teacher and then an educational adviser regarding technology in learning environments. Before moving into online business technology development and associated areas he worked as a lecturer and the NT University now CDU.

Graeme moved into the internet/ multimedia / ebusiness arena in 1995 with QANTM multimedia as a part of the creative nation project, researching and developing internet capabilities. In 2000 Graeme moved to entity1 to focus on the business management and ebusiness areas as well as general multimedia and e-learning and is also working in the BITS incubator Original IT as the chair of the mentor panel and the selection panel for business incubatees in the IT area.

Graeme worked on a range of business consultancies and projects, including work in indigenous communities. In 2003, he ran a research project, Closing the Digital Divide, looking at e-delivery of education and management support into remote communities.

In 2008 Graeme was elected as the Lord Mayor of Darwin and served a 4 year term. Graeme is passionately involved in wildlife issues since 1990 when he developed a multimedia integrated information system about native plants and animals. The system featured as a Questacon display for 7 years and was part of award winning project in indigenous education.

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Steven Hawkins -  Executive Member 

Steve is the president of the Geography & History Teachers Association NT and the Northern Territory Research Teachers Association. Although a humanities teacher by training, Steve currently works in resource and multimedia development for the Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Primary College.

Steve has been in the Northern Territory since 2006, with stints working with the Department of Education as a senior secondary curriculum officer, as a project officer supporting senior secondary outcomes in Groote Eylandt, as a classroom teacher and as an education consultant. In addition to humanities teaching, Steve has taught English, Research Project, Community Studies and PLP, and has previous experience in special education. 

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Jane Kennedy  - Executive Member 

Jane is a Teaching and Learning Officer responsible for the Arts and Design Technologies, T-9, working in the Stem and Digital Technology team in the Department of Education. She is also the Secretary and Public Officer for AENT, and the Public Officer for ATOM-NT. Jane is passionate about the Arts and providing teachers with guidance, resources and professional learning to develop their best practice.

Jane arrived in the Northern Territory in 2016 and worked at the Essington School as a Senior and Middle School Visual and Creative Arts teacher and was the Visual Arts coordinator. Prior to her arrival in the NT, Jane worked in Melbourne as a Visual Arts, Media Arts, Visual Communication and Design, and Design Technology teacher in Melbourne. Jane was the Faculty Head of Arts and Head of Visual Arts at Xavier College, Melbourne, and the Head of Department – Visual Arts and Technology, Tintern Schools– Southwood Campus.

Jane is currently completing her Masters of Education at Charles Sturt University.

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