It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Vanessa Gamack has joined the team at the Anglican Schools Commission as the Director of Anglican Identity and she is thrilled to be working with the team based at Church House in Ann Street.
After a career in teaching spanning three decades and three continents, Vanessa now hopes to make a difference by serving other teachers. Presenting professional development and supporting teachers is something Vanessa thoroughly enjoys and she has presented at local, national and international conferences on Religious Education.
Vanessa has been most recently teaching Religious Education at ‘Churchie’, Anglican Church Grammar School. During her 12 years at Churchie, Vanessa developed a passion for character education and developed her own subject called Christian Character and Religious Education or CCARE.
In 2016, Vanessa was awarded the Harrop Family Churchie Teaching Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to the US in 2017 and attend a course at Berkeley University. More recently, Vanessa has been in the UK looking at trends in Religious Education in England and Scotland.
Vanessa will be offering a range of services to assist and empower teachers at Anglican schools via Professional Development or personal coaching, including
- RE Curriculum development support
- Innovative teaching ideas for Religious Education
- Leadership mentoring for religious educators
- Mindfulness, meditation and prayer practices
- Mission development
Whether you are a highly accomplished teacher of Religious Education or a brand new teacher, the Anglican Schools Commission encourages you to become involved in our programmes so that all Religious Education teachers will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to enhance the learning experiences for every student. We value the work of all teachers, but acknowledge the role of Religious Education teachers as one with unique challenges and rewards. Our purpose is to support our teachers to enable them to flourish and find joy in their profession.