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ICT Educators Committee

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  • Dr Nick Tate

    Chair
    FACS

    Nick Tate is a CEO and Company Director and has considerable experience at the level of CIO in two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ). He is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book published by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has 18 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies. He is Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) and chaired the World Computer Congress in 2010. He was the National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2012/2013. Nick is also an adjunct professor in IT and electrical engineering at (UQ) and has written and presented widely on cybersecurity, cloud computing and big data. He worked on the development of antimissile systems and real-time air traffic control systems before spending 20 years working for investment banks in both London and Australia. He is National Vice-President (Membership), Immediate Past Chair of the Queensland branch and the President of SEARCC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in computer science, and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is both a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the ACS.

  • Dr Andrew Fluck

    Member
    MACS Snr

    Dr. Fluck trained as a teacher in Bristol, England. He has taught science, mathematics and computing in Nigeria, England and Australia. He is a past secretary of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), and is now a senior lecturer in information technology education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. His numerous publications reflect his research interests in the transformational potential of computers in education. He was a co-author of the government report Making Better Connections and the book Seven steps to ICT integration. His funded research investigates the use of computers to teach integral calculus and quantum mechanics in primary schools; and eExaminations, where students take their own computers into the exam hall. He is the chair of Working Group 3.3 (research into educational applications of information technologies) for IFIP/UNESCO. Andrew is also anavid longbow archer and continental archery judge.

  • Mrs Sharon Singh

    Member and ACS Representative to IFIP TC3
    MACS

    Sharon Singh is the Head of e-Learning and Innovation at St Johns Anglican College, Australia. An experienced educator and leader in IT and Computer Science for more than 20 years, she has worked in Fiji, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and South Korea. Sharon was a senior project officer at the Department of Education, Queensland, before joining St Johns. She has been an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). Her experience includes the IB DP, MYP and PYP; the North American Advanced Placement (AP); the IGCSE; and the Australian Curriculum. With her passion for innovation Sharon proactively provides thought leadership and commentary on technology education and computer science for educators globally. She is the Australian Country Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 3 (Education) and the Secretary to IFIP TC3 Executive Committee; is a member of the ACS PAB ICT Educators Committee; a board member of QSITE; and a CSIRO STEM professional. Sharon is a recipient of 2019 ACS Gold Disruptor award for ICT Educator of the Year; and is a gold medallist of the University of the South Pacific. She is a Queensland Justice of Peace (Qualified) and an international faculty for Haggai International.

  • Ms Sue Isbell

    Member and ACS Representative to ACCE
    AACS

    Sue is an experienced Head of Department of over 20 years at Kelvin Grove State College, an innovative and futures-focussed Prep to Year 12 Independent Public School near the Brisbane CBD. Sue’s diverse and constantly evolving role includes a cross-curriculum focus on digital pedagogy, professional learning and digital tools. She leads and teaches Digital Technologies (ICT) curriculum implementation (including VET qualifications), line manages the Middle Senior Library (incorporating a MakerSpace and DigiSpace) and previously managed the ICT infrastructure and services program for many years. With the implementation of new Digital Technologies national curriculum and Queensland Senior curriculum including VET, Sue embraced her College Executive Principal’s “raise your gaze” challenge, seeking opportunities for greater industry engagement (including within the start-up community), active participation in industry partnerships and programs (including Queensland Gateways to Industry Schools Programs), and building talent pipelines into the ICT and related industries rather than through traditional pathways. Sue is passionate about enabling and supporting others to build their digital confidence and capabilities to become influencers and change-makers, rather than just being impacted by digital disruptive technologies (as identified in the 2017 Australian Computer Society Deloitte Digital Pulse report). Sue was awarded a Gold Disruptor - ICT Educator of the Year at the 2018 ACS Digital Disruptor Awards. She joined the QSITE Board and the Australian Computer Society ICT Educators Board and was accepted as a Queensland Community Digital Champion in 2019. Sue was recently a Highly Commended finalist in the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards after being nominated by a parent in her school community.

  • Mrs Michelle Chomiak

    Member
    MACS

    Michelle is a Digital Technologies educator in Perth, WA with experience teaching in Primary and Secondary contexts. Michelle originally joined the ACS in 1995 as an Oracle Developer, going on to enjoy a career in IT in London, before returning to Perth for more senior development and Project Management roles. A career change to teaching as an ICT Specialist was followed a year later by the introduction of Digital Technologies to the national primary and secondary school curriculum, where Michelle used her IT industry background to create high-quality new courses for the students. Currently teaching at an Independent K-12 school in Perth, she is a mentor with the Girls Programming Network, and runs Professional Learning workshops for other educators. Michelle presented at the 2019 FutureSchools conference in Melbourne, was awarded ECAWA's 2019 Digital Technologies Teacher of the Year, and has been selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2020-21. She also set up the first Cyber Security co-curricular club at her school, run in conjunction with ECU and CISCO, gaining a certification for herself in the process. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Diploma in Project Management, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and is currently studying a Master’s degree in Education majoring in Digital Technologies at Sydney University. Michelle plans to use the knowledge gained to help other educators and inspire the next generation of IT professionals.