Russell Kerr, Founder
Hands On Learning
Lister W Hannah, Former Principal of Geelong Grammar and International Educator
Russell is the founder of Hands On Learning Australia, a Harm Prevention Charity working to reengage students with their school and local community.
Hands On Learning is a program that significantly increases confidence, attendance and retention of disengaged students 11 to 16 years of age.
Russell taught in a variety of secondary schools both in Australia and the UK before developing the Hands On Learning method in 1999. Russell has a passion for teaching and supporting young people struggling with mainstream education and won the 2003 Westfield Premier’s Education Scholarship. This gave him the opportunity to further explore international approaches to educating disengaged young people.
Since then, Hands On Learning has become a respected model for reengaging and maintaining disaffected students at school in indigenous, rural, and urban settings.
Jillian has been engaged in diverse educational settings, always creating and relishing opportunities to deliver dynamic and meaningful programs.
Jillian considers herself extremely fortunate to have worked in a broad variety of educational settings over her 30 plus years as a teacher.
She has been inspired by the courage and resilience of the human spirit and has been delighted to be part of the learning process.
In all of her teaching endeavours
Jillian has opened her doors to let the world in. She believes Real Time Learning is even better, because the students are learning in the real world.
Jillian started her teaching career as a primary school teacher.
After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.) she was employed by Adult Multicultural Education Services for over 10 years where she taught English to adults and adolescents, who were often survivors of war, from places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Russia, Bosnia and Croatia.
She also delivered individualised programs in cultural diversity to a variety of Melbourne industries.
Jillian returned to study and completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at Latrobe University.
She also completed studies in psychology at the Cairn Miller Institute.
Jillian went on to teach adolescents, who were unable to cope in mainstream schools, in an innovative community program for 3 years.
Following this she worked at Dandenong Chisholm, where she taught Literacy and Numeracy to Aboriginal youth and helped write profiles for Aboriginal artists.
Jillian also taught Project Management and communication skills in mainstream classes.
At this time she began teaching at Mt. Martha Primary School in a part time capacity.
For over 10 years Jillian was a volunteer with the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria and supported and organized fundraisers and was a member of several delegations to the Victorian Government Health Minister negotiating for improved services on the Mornington Peninsula.
This resulted in the mental health wards built at Frankston Hospital and the Peninsula Psychiatric Services.
She now teaches at Mt Martha Primary School, where she continues to open her doors to the world for her students.
Lister has been a professional educator for the past 50 years. In his early career he taught in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada and he has since spent 34 years heading leading schools around the world and in Australia.
He has been involved in founding international schools in Asia and Europe, and has served as executive chairman of two of these schools. He remains actively involved as an advisor and a school governor overseas, and is also on a local Victorian school council. He has consulted extensively.
Lister has a lifelong commitment to promoting, developing and providing inclusive, relevant and where possible real-time learning opportunities for young people. He has also had significant involvement in classroom and whole school initiatives to educate all for a sustainable future.
Jillian Lee Bull, Passionate Classroom Teacher in many contexts