John was the Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura (Indigenous) School for 12 years and, prior to that, was Principal of a
multi denominational Christian School and a Government School, ranging over 31 years of Principalship. He was the chair of the Anglican Education Commission, a recent past Chair of AHISA (NSW/ACT), and recently also Chair of the ISA (Independent Sporting Association) and the International Baccalaureate Heads Association (NSW/ACT), and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. He has served on the national board of AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia) and been an observer to the board of the Association of Independent Schools NSW.
His doctoral studies were in Christian Education, Leadership and the Development of Culture and Ethos and his books Teaching Well: Insights for Educators in Christian Schools and Better Learning: Trajectories for Christian Educators, are used widely in schools and in postgraduate study. In 2018, his book Pupils, Pimples and Parents: being a prophetic voice to the community as Head of School, was published and widely acquired by Principals. His recent book Scandals, Skirmishes and Scallywags is
also proving popular amongst Principals.
DR PAMELA HARVEY
Pam is passionate about Christian education and over the years has had great satisfaction in helping numerous teachers and pre-service teachers develop a sound philosophy and practice of Christian education. She has been involved in Christian education for over thirty years, working in Australia and Indonesia where she was Head of Curriculum and Primary Education at a Christian university near Jakarta.
Since July 2011 when she returned to Australia Pam has been a valued member of the Faculty of Education at Morling College, firstly, as the Dean and now has moved to a part-time position as Senior Lecturer as she transitions to retirement.
DR PERRY SHAW
Perry joined the Morling team in 2020. From 1990 to 2019 Perry and his family served as missionaries in the Middle East. During the 1990s Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centres in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. At ABTS Perry led the development of a highly innovative curriculum, which has led to a significant role as a faculty development consultant for theological schools across the globe.
DR NOLA NORRIS
Nola is the Education Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Morling. Her interests include learning and teaching, cognition and metacognition, teacher professional development, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, and autism/Asperger's syndrome.
After a varied career working in K-12 schools and at university, Nola completed her PhD in 2014. Her thesis title is "A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies". Her research utilised neuroscience and autism research to interpret findings from in-depth interviews with gifted adults with Asperger syndrome. Nola's research led to the development of a conceptual framework for professional development of pre-service and practising teachers to transform understanding of the unique learning needs and strengths of gifted students who have Asperger syndrome.
Prior to working full-time on her doctoral research, Nola was ICT Integration Coordinator at a K-12 independent co-educational school on the outskirts of Sydney, where her role was to work in professional development of teachers across the curriculum in the sound, innovative use of information technologies in the classroom.