Learning Advisory Panels

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) Primary and Secondary Learning Advisory Panels facilitate an important connection between classroom teachers and SLM experts in museum education.

The purpose of these panels is to provide advice and assist SLM to ensure that our onsite and online learning offer continues to be inclusive, engaging, practical, and meets curriculum and other learning needs. Learning Advisory Panel members are volunteers. 


2020 panel members


Sarah Beer is a primary school teacher at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Paddington, and teaching Year 4 in 2019. In addition to 15 years of classroom teaching experience Sarah has a Masters in Cultural Heritage and is a former Curriculum Program Deliverer with SLM. 

Donna Core is a specialist K-6 English as an Additional Language/Dialect teacher at Bexley Public School, with 29 years of teaching experience. Donna has a personal connection to Susannah Place Museum as a descendant of a former tenant of No 60. 

Dave Earl is a primary school teacher at Ryde East Primary School with background in Heritage and Museum Studies and history research and teaching at tertiary level. 

Janelle Simpson-Goodwin is currently Assistant Principal at Karonga Special School in Epping, with experience in primary, secondary and special education, as a teacher-librarian specialising in history and as a museum education officer in the UK. Janelle received a national award in 2017 for her development of an Anzac Centenary learning program.

Catherine Thomson is a Stage 2 teacher, history coordinator and assistant principal at Manly Vale Public School. Catherine has a decade of teaching experience across all primary Stages and experience in developing experiential learning relating to historical inquiry.

Angela Varvaressos is a Stage 2 teacher and history coordinator at Stanmore Public School. An early career teacher, Angela has strong interests in history, project-based learning and diverse pedagogical approaches to thinking and learning. 


Rachel Berry is head of HSIE at Airds High School in outer south western Sydney with additional background in Museum Studies. Rachel has experience in designing cross curriculum and project based learning and the use of diverse pedagogical approaches.

Simon Graham is a Modern History and Legal Studies teacher at Girraween High School in western Sydney and Lecturer and Researcher in History at the University of Sydney.  Simon has experience in the development of Stage 5 and 6 History core and extension programs and a strong interest in public history and museums.                                              

Sally Johnstone teaches History at St Clare’s Catholic High School in Hassall Grove, Western Sydney with experience in Modern, Ancient and 7-10 History/ HSIE. Sally has previous experience as a member of the Australian Museum Teachers’ Advisory Board and her interest in taking a similar role at SLM relates to her interests in SLM properties, particularly in western Sydney.

John McKelleher has 20 years’ experience teaching Ancient, Modern and extension History and is currently at St Charbel’s Catholic College, Punchbowl in south western Sydney. John has recent experience developing new programs in History and Geography.

Luisa Vasile currently teaches Ancient, Modern and Year 7-10 History at Parramatta High School. Luisa is also an experienced HSC marker and a former Historic Houses Trust casual museum guide and regularly uses SLM sites, outreach materials and programs in her teaching.

Rochelle Wilkinson is an early career History teacher with experience across all secondary Stages including Extension History. Rochelle has coordinated National History Challenge and Australian History Challenge programs and is also an advocate for Indigenous Education participation, establishing reconciliation programs and an Aboriginal Education Committee in western Sydney.


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