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
Jenny has been involved in environmental education since 1980. She was the inaugural vice president of the Metropolitan (Sydney) West Environmental Educators network. More recently Jenny was an environmental educator for Blue Mountains City Council, leading a number of programs including Connect with Nature with schools and pre-schools. In 2019 Jenny was winner of the Government and Overall awards for environmental education in NSW. In 2020 she was winner of the Australian environmental educator’s award.
Jenny sees an organisation like AAEE NSW as highly valuable and needed, especially given the current a situation of urgency, scope and complexity never faced by humans (and more-than-human species). What we do matters. AAEE NSW is a place for support, connecting and learning, helping to create the future we want to have. Jenny is grateful to be part of the executive for 2020. She now lives in Wagga Wagga – Wiradjuri country and is especially interested in supporting and developing regional networks in the area and in progressing the AAEE NSW Local Government Strategic Action Plan.
Paul is an Environmental Scientist and Chemist with over 11 years’ experience in the environmental industry. Paul is owner of Environmental Science Solutions and Director of Biami Scientific Pty Ltd. Paul’s specialist skills are in in-situ and field-based analytical methods. Paul has extensive experience leading environmental emissions and pollution projects, biodiversity conservation projects, environmental management projects and large-scale civil and construction projects. Paul’s experience in the industry has led him to develop a broad background in environmental auditing and assessing. He has experience with environmental impact assessments, accordance assessments, construction environmental management plans, vegetation management plans and a range of other planning tools. Paul also has experience in the WASH sector, which aligns with a passion of facilitating water resource stability in low- to middle-income economies. Paul works with in-situ analysis technology to provide rapid assessment and screening of environmental pollutants in these locations. Paul has worked on the global-scale with governments, NGOs, legal counsel and community groups. Paul is also a passionate STEM educator and communicator who is actively involved in a wide range of projects to promote environmental and STEM awareness.
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.
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.
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 has been in the early childhood sector all her working life. She is now working as a casual academic at the University of New England having retired from full time work. Her professional interests include nature play and education for sustainability in the early years. Fran holds qualifications in Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and has recently submitted a PhD on nature pedagogy and sustainability. She also has qualifications in nature pedagogy; forest school practitioner level 2. 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.
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’.
As co-founder of social enterprise, Good for the Hood, Jo is an expert contributor on topics including waste, sustainability and climate change, appearing regularly across national media outlets and podcasts. Jo holds qualifications in health science and environment, and has over 20 years of on the ground behaviour change experience, most recently with local governments. Jo resides in Sydney with her two sons and a miniature fox terrier they call Beans.
Kate has worked and volunteered in environmental education for over 17 years. Her career started with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science, followed by Post-Grad Environmental Law, a Masters in Environmental Education and finally, a Masters in Teaching (Secondary Science and Geography). Kate has experience as a contractor and facilitator for local and state government and she ran her own marine education company prior to becoming a teacher in 2013. She is the Education Specialist for the Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) and is the leader of the Australian Marine Education Network.
As a formal educator, Kate has taught in Catholic, independent and public schools, including remote central schools in the Northern Territory where she implemented a regional cross-cultural environmental education project. Kate currently holds a full time teaching position at Brewongle EEC, overlooking Dyarubbin (The Hawkesbury River) on beautiful Darug Country. Kate is an expert in geography and science K-12, creating teaching programs, running teacher professional learning courses for primary teachers, and consulting with schools to support their teaching of geography and science. Kate is part of the NSW Environmental and Zoo Education Centres Collaborative Practices Team and will be a strong conduit between AAEE NSW and the NSW Environmental and Zoo Education Centres.