our people

the team that supports you to change your school

Dave Faulkner

Dave’s job is to work closely with education leaders to craft an ideal training and support package that changes schools. Specifically, he will work with you to distil your school or network goals (he is a former Regional Education Director and District Superintendent), balance key education trends with evidence-based approaches (Dave has spoken on the world’s largest education stages alongside Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra and John Hattie), and then ensure that all EC training and support is relevant and achievable within a school setting (he has held four Principalships). Dave works with senior education leaders across Australia, the United States and Europe to develop breakthrough education initiatives, is the co-author of our two books Edupreneur and Dream Team and is a co-founder of Education Changemakers. 

Maddie Scott-Jones

Maddie’s job is to support teachers to create powerful learning experiences and school leaders to strategically plan to deliver improvements. Specifically, she will empathise with your educators (she is an award-winning teacher), inspire them to keep expecting the best of their students (she was a gifted & talented and student leadership coordinator), and ensure that their approaches are evidence-based (she holds three masters degrees in education). If she’s working with your leadership team, she’ll work to transform complex ideas into targeted, action-based and impactful strategies (driven by her experiences of working with school leadership teams across the world). Maddie brings a patient approach to her sessions and guides your educators to create learning and make decisions that they are capable of implementing immediately to drive improvement.

Aaron Tait

Aaron’s job is to challenge the thinking of your educators, inspire them to have agency as changemakers, and equip them with the tools to make their ideas a reality. Specifically, he will support your educators to dream of powerful changes they can make (he co-founded the non-profit ygap.org which has improved the lives of more than a million people living in poverty), create bold ideas to help their students thrive in the future (he is the co-creator of Australia’s AI for Good Challenge in partnership with Microsoft) and have the resilience to make change happen (he is a decorated military veteran who has led schools in very challenging communities). Aaron holds three masters degrees (and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge), is the co-author of our two books Edupreneur and Dream Team, and is a co-founder of Education Changemakers. 

Glenn Solomons

Glenn’s job is to develop teachers and school leaders to create diverse, collaborative learning environments and he will work with your leaders to build their leadership capacity based on evidence-based instructional approaches. Glenn has deep experience developing and facilitating professional learning programs across based on the High Impact Teaching Strategies and has worked in Catholic regional schools across Victoria as a Head of Department, Learning Leader and Senior School Leader. He has also worked with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to deliver game design programs using Unreal Engine and loves working with teachers to improve pedagogy, improve digital technology efficacy in the classroom, and drive meaningful assessment and feedback. Glenn is currently undertaking a Masters of Educational Leadership at Australian Catholic University and has a deep passion for building positive change cultures in schools.

Noelene Callaghan

Noelene’s job is to support educators to draw on cutting-edge technologies to accelerate student learning. As our lead expert on future-focused technologies, and the use of ICT for hybrid and remote learning, she is a global leader in supporting schools to drive powerful engagement through technology. Specifically, she works to build innovative student curriculum, conduct teacher training specific to transformation through technology, and supports school leaders to make appropriate technology-supported decisions. As an experienced community builder Noelene also develops and fosters large professional learning networks with partners across Australia in public, Catholic and independent settings and leads programs to build instructional leadership communities across schools. Noelene is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, a Global Minecraft Mentor, a Google Certified Educator, and an Adobe Campus Leader, holds a Masters of Education Leadership, and brings more than fifteen years of teaching and school leadership experience to the team. 

Gabbi Jenkins

Gabbi is our communication and community-building expert and is focused on delivering powerful education campaigns across the world. As the co-creator and campaign manager of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Junior she has supported students across the world to learn about, and design Artificial Intelligence concepts, and as the program manager of Microsoft’s C-it  B-it she has supported schools across Australia to engage with advanced STEM approaches. In the Higher Education space, Gabbi has coordinated university bootcamp programs to teach cloud computing approaches as well as develop campaigns to support remote learning during the COVID pandemic. She brings campaign and program experience to the role from work with Amnesty International, cross-cultural programs with SydWest Multicultural Services and assisting migrant communities with Anglicare. Gabbi holds multiple degrees with distinction across International Studies and Communications and Media from the University of New South Wales and Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III.

About EC

We’ve been helping schools change since 2012. 

‘The only thing that would take me away from my Principal role was the belief that through starting Education Changemakers we could support educators at scale across the globe. Since 2012 we have worked with almost 15,000 schools, and I remain as inspired and optimistic as ever about how the EC movement can make a difference in the world.’

Dave Faulkner, Co-Founder and CEO

Education Changemakers (EC) was started in 2012 by education innovator Dave Faulkner and social entrepreneur Aaron Tait. Dave had spent the previous decade transforming schools as a Principal and Superintendent, at the same time that Aaron was creating innovative social enterprises that have gone on to change the lives of more than a million people living in poverty. EC started with a unique desire to create training + support that was highly engaging, evidence-based, fostered teacher agency and catalysed action with real outcomes. Since 2012, the EC team, in partnership with education networks and organisations have worked with more than 100,000 educators and witnessed powerful teacher-led changes across the globe.

supporting teachers

Beyond our support + training programs we also provide a range of pro-bono support to the education sector. Our free Educhange Podcast has been listened to by more than 50,000 educators, more than 3000 people have received free tickets to our annual Educhange events, and our latest pro-bono project keepinglearninggoing.com has seen more than 10,000 people download free resources since the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis.