Sue was the Treasurer of AAEE NSW from 2004 to 2018 and has stepped into both Vice President and then President roles in 2019. She enjoys working with the NSW AAEE team. Currently working as the Sustainability Officer at St Ignatius College Riverview (part-time), she is actively involved in Cattai Landcare and the Environment Centre at THSC, and describes herself as 'a community person', who strives to have a hands-on approach and to “walk the talk”. Sue is dedicated to celebrating our successes as environmental educators and hopes every opportunity will foster the health of our profession.
AAEE NSW Executive Committee
Catherine began her career in recreation management in NZ, then moved on to Primary school teaching in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, and for the past 10 years in Australia. Since being in Australia she has worked in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay, and since 2013 has been the Catholic Education Taronga Zoo Education Officer. Through this role she has the opportunity to work in environmental education with public, independent and catholic schools all over state. Catherine also sits on the Sustainability Committees at both St Mary’s Primary and St Aloysius College, and is the Education representative on the Taronga Green Sustainability Committee. She is passionate about working with schools and their communities to support locally endangered species, and assisting schools to operate in more sustainable ways.
Erika Van Schellebeck is a Sustainability Education Consultant with 20 years experience delivering environmental education in Sydney and regional NSW. Erika has worked for Local and State Government, Catchment Management Committees, Landcare groups, Environmental Alliances and the Australian Association for Environmental Education. She has engaged with a diverse range of stakeholders including residents, landholders, farmers, community groups, Aboriginal Land Councils, schools, higher education and businesses, on issues such as bushland protection, catchment management and sustainable living. She has also co-ordinated award-winning programs, including the Coffs Ambassadors Tours program which won the Communication, Education and Empowerment Award at the NSW Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards 2011-12. In 2018 she received the AAEE NSW Community Educator of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to environmental education in NSW.
Niki is a sustainability professional with 15 years' experience in local government. She currently works at North Sydney Council, heading up a sustainability team of community and business educators, and overseeing the implementation of Council’s in-house and cross-Council sustainability initiatives. Niki holds a Masters in Environmental Management and is passionate about environmental education and cultural change within organisations to support sustainability. She became a member of AAEE NSW to connect with and learn from other environmental educators, and to help progress our profession.
Lynne began her teaching career in 1993 having previously worked in child care and as a Community Arts Worker. She has been the Teacher Librarian at Parklea PS since 1994. In initiating the establishment of Environmental Education following the relocation of the school within the housing development of Glenwood, Lynne has been instrumental in ensuring the Management of Curriculum, Waste and Grounds is embedded throughout the teaching and learning experiences for students, families and staff. Working as an Environmental Education Project Officer for Western Sydney EE Group in 2008, Lynne compiled and wrote The Cumberland Plain Counts: A Teaching Manual and Guide for Natural Resource Management in Schools. Since then she has conducted case studies for the DEC and Birds in Backyards, created multiple learn-scapes within the school, gained qualifications in Nature Pedagogy and Forest School Practitioner Level 2, and recently completed her post graduate study to gain a Masters in Education, Social Ecology. With more than two decades of experience as an Environmental Educator, Lynne is looking forward to giving back to the sector she’s passionate about.
Fran is the Course Co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) at TAFE NSW, Randwick College. Her professional interests include nature play and education for sustainability in the early years. Fran holds qualifications in Nature pedagogy, Forest School practitioner level 2, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and is currently enrolled in a PhD on nature pedagogy and sustainability. Fran brings a passion for sustainability through her work in connecting young children, early childhood practitioners and environmental educators with nature. Fran has presented at international and national conferences on sustainability and nature play in recent years. She has co-written and delivers the TAFE NSW Early Years Bush Connections course which won an Australasian Green Gown Award in 2013 and convenes the NSW Early Years Nature Connections group. In 2012 Fran was the recipient of the NSW Ministers Quality Teaching Award for TAFE NSW Sydney Institute for work in sustainability. Fran joined NSW ECEEN as a committee member in 2012 and is looking forward to sharing knowledge and collaborating with all networks for sustainability through AAEE NSW.
Although Eleanor’s background comprises medical technology, IT and business development her passions have always been nature-based. In her role on the board of Seed Harvest Spoon Education Foundation Ltd she is able to bring together her passion for the environment with her business skills and together with her team of facilitators, further the reach of outdoor learning/eco-literacy in schools and the community. She joined AAEE to further her knowledge, and to contribute to and collaborate with other members, to further the cause of environmental education both within the education sector but very importantly in the wider community.
Jasmine Payget is an Environmental Educator in local government who found AAEE tribe at the NSW conference in 2000. She remains a big fan of the conferences; inspired by other educators and their projects and strategic directions. Jasmine worked at the Blue Mountains City Council in partnership with Aboriginal organisations, schools and community groups to protect biodiversity and water catchments. Working for the highly urban catchment of the Cooks River Alliance, a strong focus was to reach out to households speaking a language other than English at home. Jasmine is strongly interested in joint environmental education work with CALD communities. She has found AAEE to be a source of information, presenters, and ‘thought partners’.