Stuart Edwards, Student Wellbeing Counsellor/Site ManagerÂ (Mill Park)
Stuart brings 15 years experience working professionally with adolescents to his counselling and case management role with students at the Mill Park Campus of the Pavilion School. With undergraduate study in Social Welfare, Drug and Alcohol Counselling and postgraduate qualifications in Adolescent Health, Stuart offers a unique range of qualifications and experience. His professional experience includes Rural Youth Work, Family Counselling, Peer Support Project Work, Training and Workforce Development, Drug Education, Alcohol and Drug Counselling and Secondary Consultation within alternative education settings. With a firm belief that education outcomes are inextricably bound to health and wellbeing outcomes; Stuart has a commitment to the holistic health and well being of students at the Pavilion.Â
Rosita Hooyer, Classroom Teacher/Education Coordinator (Mill Park)
Rosita commenced teaching at the Pavilion in 2009. She completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre Studies) at QUT in 2003 during which she was inspired by Augusto Boalâ€™s approach to education in relation to positive social change. In 2006 Rosita enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at RMIT. Since graduating, she has been employed as a Secondary English, SoSE, ESL and Drama teacher in a variety of high school settings. During this time she developed a passion for curriculum development embedded in social justice, accessibility and self expression. Rosita believes in the importance of offering an alternative education setting to young people from marginalisedÂ backgrounds which engenders choice,Â equality and the pursuit of lifelong learning. She is inspired by the young people she works with and their capacity for resilience andÂ optimism. Rosita was recently nominated for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA), ASG Inspirational Teaching Award (2010).
Brendan Murray, Co-Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe 1997), Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary (Monash 2002), Post Graduate Adolescent Counselling (Monash 2008). Brendan is currently studying a Master of Education at Monash University. He is the Coordinator of the Pavilion, a state school that caters for previously disengaged learners by providing high quality academic tuition in tandem with social, psychological and emotional wellbeing support. The Pavilion upholds article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within the Northern Region of metropolitan Melbourne, by ensuring that ‘everyone has the right to education’. The Pavilion has 125 students enrolled across two campuses with 32 students enrolled in Year 12. There is a no detention, suspension orÂ expulsion policy at the Pavilion. Brendan is a teacher who has previously worked as a manger and social worker within the areas of: multiple and complex needs, homelessness, criminal justice, community mental health, adolescent street outreach, juvenile detention and child protection. He has won several awards including a Victorian Education Excellence Award (2009) for the Victorian Outstanding Secondary Teacher and Federal Government Closing the Gap Award (2009).