President: Travis Burroughs
Travis is DATTA Victoria President. He took on the role in 2019 after acting as Treasurer since 2015. He is currently employed as the STEM Learning Specialist with Templestowe College Federation of Schools. Travis is also President of in2robotics, and manages the VEX Robotics program for Australia. Travis has taught Systems Engineering and Robotics in several schools in Victoria. Prior to moving to Australia, he taught in his native Canada, and volunteered as the coordinator of the Pacific Youth Robotics Society.
Vice President: Jill Livett
Jill is currently teaching Design and Technology to Middle Year students at Overnewton Anglican Community College (Melbourne). She has 25 years’ experience in teaching D&T at middle and senior secondary level, teaching in the material areas of wood with some metal and plastics, textiles and simple systems. For the last 5 years, she has also taught tertiary Technology method classes in a number of universities. Jill has been involved in curriculum writing, reviewing and resourcing, and co-authored the VCE Product Design and Technology textbook and workbooks and the DATTA Vic Support Material. She is currently the vice president of DATTA Vic.
Vice President - Zowie Moselen
Zowie Moselen is the Curriculum Leader - Art and Design at Ivanhoe Grammar. Prior to taking on this role, took a break from Textiles teaching to work as Creative Coordinator for Lincraft, helping produce creative craft, knitting and sewing projects for all skill levels. Zowie co-authored the Cambridge VCE Units 1-4 PD&T Text Book and Workbook. She has been involved in the DATTA Vic committee for several years as the representative for Textiles teachers, and in 2019 was elected as Vice President.
Treasurer - Michael Essex
Michael started his working life as a furniture maker completing a apprenticeship in 1992 and making and designing furniture for a further ten years. After completing arts degree and diploma of education he moved to Auckland and taught a range of technology subjects from trade based furniture units to electronics and more general materials technology. Since returning to Australia he has been teaching at Lalor North College teaching Product Design at all levels with a wood focus and junior systems. After several years spent on the committee as a general member, he took on the role of Vice President in 2018, and then became Treasurer the following year.
Secretary: Joanne Heide
Joanne Heide moved to the UK from Melbourne in 1999 after obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne. She remained in the UK for 8 years teaching Design and Technology in London schools. Prior to teaching she obtained a degree in Visual Arts from Monash University and a Post Graduate in Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts. While living in the UK she completed a Master of Fine Art through Monash University. She has exhibited her art and design work both in Australia and the UK. In 2007 she moved back to Melbourne and currently teaches Design & Technology and Visual Arts at Melbourne Ladies College. Joanne served as DATTA Vic President from 2017-2019.
General Board Members
Andrew Nicholls is a highly experienced educator, designer and OHS specialist. Moving from a career in Industrial Design to Education, for the last thirteen years Andrew has educated students in a broad range of subjects including Visual Arts, Technologies (Design and Digital), and VET Building and Construction. As an educational leader, he has provided professional development to others on a wide range of topics including transdisciplinary learning, technical and freehand drawing, continual improvement in educational performance and OHS compliance in schools. In 2017, he completed Masters degrees in Education and Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Management.
Anthony is a Technologies Teacher who is passionate about engaging students with hands-on practical activities. From Automotive to Metalworking, and Robotics to Systems Engineering, he has worked with his classes to improve their confidence in problem-solving and encouraged them to push their skills to the next level. Anthony is currently the Learning Technologies with Banyule Nillumbik Tech School.
Chris moved to Australia in 1999 and began a career in Medical Instrumentation and research, which re-invigorated his passion for electronics and design. Following this, he moved into education, working in various support roles before undertaking his DipEd and becoming a Design & Technologies & Systems Engineering teacher. He now works at Braemar College. He feels very passionate about all of the things that Design and Technologies can offer students that are not available anywhere else in school, with a really strong pull into Engineering.
Felicity trained as a Furniture Designer, florist and Historian before undertaking her teaching qualifications 16 years ago. She has been teaching Product Design and Technology at Carey Baptist Grammar School for the past 14 years. She is a VCAA assessor as well as Top Designs presenter for the VCAA Top Designs forums. Her interests are in resistant materials and increasing interest in incorporating new technologies into the classroom and in training the future problem solvers for society.
Jacinta has been strongly committed to Design and Technology since its inception. After teaching in the classroom for many years she moved to Distance Education. It was here she developed her writing skills. Since then she has written a lot of material for both teachers and students in this subject. This includes writing for VCAA, support material for teachers, text books and workbooks for students. She has regularly run professional development sessions for teachers and students for both DATTA Vic and VCAA. She has been a committee member of DATTA Vic for over 10 years. Jacinta is generous in her support of others in the field, sharing her resources and ideas. She is always willing to talk through issues with teachers or students.
Michael trained as a teacher in England before moving to New Zealand. While working in New Zealand he was a marker and assessor for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in Social Science and ICT. He completed his Masters of Educational Management at Auckland University before moving to Melbourne. Since teaching in Australia he has focussed his efforts in the electronic and electrical field and now teaches pre apprentice electricians. As well as being Faculty and STEAM leader at his school, Michael also teaches junior technology and VCE Systems Engineering.
Michael is a Design, Visual Communication, and Engineering teacher with 8 years’ experience within different education systems and a professional background in Industrial Design. He is passionate about thoughtfully employing digital technology to enable new learning designs, and coaching colleagues in improving their own practice. Michael is currently the DigiSTEM teacher at St Leonard’s College, and in his role with DATTA Vic, he hopes to support more schools to establish and grow VCE Systems Engineering.
Monique is the current president of DATTA Australia, and a proud Design and Technologies teacher, author, and Director of Professional Learning at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College. She was recently part of the first cohort of teachers in Victoria to achieve the AITSL Lead Accreditation through the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.
Veena is Head of Technology and STEAM at Viewbank College, and has been involved in the work of DATTA Vic for several years. In 2016, she won the DATTA Australia Teacher of the Year award. She is committed to developing partnerships with industry and academia, establishing a successful STEAM Futures conference at Viewbank college and initiating the STEAM Club, in which 150+ students regularly participate. She is also involved in the Young Person’s Plan for the Planet program, and through this, Viewbank have developed close partnerships with low SES schools in Mumbai, allowing staff and students to support these institutions to develop their own social enterprises in their communities.