Meet the Compass Board

A team of primary school teachers, researchers and talented minds, guiding the Compass journey

Alicia Gilbert

Founder & Principal

Alicia is a passionate educator,

having seen learning from a variety of perspectives - as a local and international teacher, university tutor, and homeschooling parent.

Alicia has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Master of Educational Leadership.  She is excited about welcoming future families to Compass.

Dr Lisa van Leent

Chair

Lisa is an educational researcher interested in social equity in education. 

 

Lisa's expertise includes over 10 years in classrooms including teaching roles, leadership and coaching roles across the primary years, and over 5 years in adult education and higher education contexts.

Shayla Olsen

Secretary

Shayla is an educator, writer and advocate for the magic of childhood.  

Shayla has 10 years classroom teaching experience and now works in higher education and research. She has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Masters of Arts (Editing & Publishing), and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing Pedagogy and Publishing Studies.

Dr Shaun Nykvist

Director

Shaun is an educator, researcher and author focused on innovative approaches to teaching and learning that focus on activating student learning. 

 

Shaun has knowledge of educational systems across the world and has played a key role in developing curriculum internationally.

Kerrie Hinschen

Board Member

Kerrie has an entrepreneurial mindset and in the past has started a small business, was a key member in the development of a small independent school and subsequent Business Development Manager. 

 

With studies in Human Resource Management and Accounting to compliment years of nursing experience, Kerrie believes that the future is shaped by those willing to step outside the box.  

Rob McGuiness

Logistics & Operations

Rob has been a senior executive and practising consultant in the supply chain space within Australia and the near Pacific for over 30 years. His expertise includes implementing effective change programs in more than 200 organisations over 30 years.

Rob has honours diplomas in business management and supply chain management and practise.

Meet the Founder

Alicia Gilbert

My journey to Compass began when I returned from teaching internationally and was searching for a school for my children.  I became frustrated in my search for a school and decided to create Compass as a place for children. 

 

I spent years brainstorming ideas for Compass that drew upon all of my professional and personal knowledge.  I closely observed child development in action, paying attention to how children learn and play in different settings. 

 

I home schooled my own children and discovered how development occurs when instigated by one teacher over a continuous period of time.  I made many discoveries that built upon my professional knowledge as a primary school teacher in three countries. 

As I developed Compass, I sought out colleagues who were outstanding in their field, drawing on university researchers and primary school teachers who added to the vision, philosophy and programs.  Over time, the team has grown to include talented minds who bring diverse experiences and expertise.

Compass has now been in development for several years, building the design to create something truly special.  All we need now is a home for Compass, a site to open our doors. 

 

I hope you find Compass as a place for your child to navigate their learning journey.

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