Our people

The team that supports your staff’s professional learning.

Leadership Team

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Dave Faulkner
Chief Executive Officer

How Dave helps you:
As Chief Executive Officer, Dave leads our global team and works with our largest partners to ensure that your school or organisation has a great professional learning experience with EC.

Dave’s experience:
Dave has worked in K-12 education for more than two decades as a teacher, principal, system leader and thought leader. Dave is the co-founder of EC, co-author of Dream Team (ASCD) and Edupreneur (Wiley), speaks on the world’s largest education stages (BETT, ASCD, EduTech), and has led PL programs for state and national governments and organisations across the globe.

Fun fact:
Dave spent years teaching in some of Australia’s most remote First Nations communities.

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Maddie Scott-Jones
Chief Learning Officer

How Maddie helps you:
As Chief Learning Officer, Maddie leads our content and learning design team to ensure that every professional learning program we host on EC Premium, or run with schools is of the highest quality.

Maddie’s experience:
Maddie brings deep academic credentials to the team, and is a graduate of three master’s degrees in education and education leadership. As a former teacher, a deeply experienced K-12 learning consultant and the architect of some of our biggest state and national projects over the last decade Maddie knows what it takes to build and run great professional learning in schools.

Fun fact:
Maddie is a whale chaser (which means she loves whales, travels the world searching for different species, and then kayaks to within a safe distance and says nice things to them).

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Aaron Tait
Chief Innovation Officer

How Aaron helps you:
As Chief Innovation Officer, Aaron supports our team and partners to continually improve and innovate, ensuring you can access the best possible professional learning for your K-12 staff.

Aaron’s experience:
Aaron is a proven social impact innovator and for more than a decade has led and scaled education and impact projects across the world. These projects have included co-founding EC, co-founding the impact organisation ygap.org, and leading global education projects for Microsoft. Aaron holds three master’s degrees (Cambridge, UNSW, Deakin) and is the co-author of Dream Team (ASCD) and Edupreneur (Wiley).

Fun fact:
Aaron is a decorated military veteran (he spent seven years as an officer in the Australian Navy). 

Learning and Content Team

Kerrin Smith
Learning Designer

How Kerrin helps you:
As a learning designer Kerrin works with you to build and deliver your professional learning programs, with a particular focus on school culture and STEM teaching.

Kerrin’s experience:
Kerrin has a decade of school teacher and leadership experience, with depth in the Catholic and independent education systems. He holds two master’s degrees in education from Australian Catholic University. Kerrin has been a program consultant on learning projects for clients including the Academy (VIC), Professional Learning Institute (TAS) and schools across NSW.
Fun fact:
Kerrin is a particularly good baseballer and a safe pair of hands at shortstop.

Danielle Vasiliades
Learning Designer

How Dani helps you:
As a learning designer Dani works with you to design and deliver your professional learning programs, with a particular focus on quality teaching practice.

Dani’s experience:
Dani brings a decade of school teacher and leadership experience to the EC team, with a particular depth in the public sector. She has been a program consultant on learning projects for clients including the Academy (VIC), Professional Learning Institute (TAS) and with schools across NSW.
Fun fact:
Dani has listened to the song ‘You Can Call Me Al’ at least once a day for the last 18 months.

Glenn Solomons
Learning Designer

How Glenn helps you:
As a learning designer Glenn works with you to architect professional learning programs, with a particular focus on supporting school leaders.

Glenn’s experience:
Glenn brings a decade of school teacher and leadership experience to the EC team, with a particular depth in the Catholic education system. He has been a program lead on learning projects for clients including the Academy (VIC), Professional Learning Institute (TAS) and schools across NSW. He is currently studying for his master’s of education at Australian Catholic University.

Fun fact:
Glenn has the most tattoos in the EC team (just). 

Emma Benns
Content Manager

How Emma helps you:
Emma is our lead content creator for EC Premium, and helps all of our content partners to provide the best possible PL through our online platform.

Emma’s experience:
Emma is a writer and content creation specialist with a publication and client list including Canva, the Daily Telegraph and ClickView. She is a former primary school teacher (Wenona, Japanese International School) with 5 years of experience in the classroom. Emma’s content partner list includes Think Global, The Learner First, The Professional Learning Institute (TAS) and ACEL.

Fun fact:
Emma has been to 47 countries so far, with the Maldives up next (la-di-da!).

Megan Weeks
Content Partner Manager

How Megan helps you:
Megan works to identify new content partners for our EC Premium platform, so if there are content providers you want to see, she will make it happen!

Megan’s experience:
Based in the US, Megan brings a wealth of K-12 experience to her work, drawing on more than 15 years as a teacher, school leader, instructional coach and principal (Murdock High School). Much of her career has been dedicated to driving equity through education, and teaching in underserved communities. She holds two master’s degrees in education leadership and urban education.

Fun fact:
Megan has completed a casual 27 marathons.

Leila Frizza
Operations Assistant

How Leila helps you:
Leila is the manager that ensures our learning team are in the right place, at the right time, providing the right professional learning.

Leila’s experience:
Leila holds a degree in Law and Commerce, with experience managing operations across a large corporate law firm, as well as language teaching experience from Cambodia. She works across the EC team to keep our operations running, supporting the administration of our online and in-school learning projects.

Fun fact:
Leila is the fastest skier in the team (with a personal best of 87km/h).

Education Success Team

Jenna Smith
Manager Sales and Success

How Jenna helps you:
Jenna leads our ESMs to ensure that every school has a great professional learning experience with EC Premium.

Jenna’s experience:
Jenna brings a decade of experience driving whole system leadership and professional development programs in the K-12 sector. With an academic background in psychology and coaching, she leads our school success team, ensuring that EC Premium is as effective as possible for educators.

Fun fact:
Jenna grew up in Kununurra which is pretty much where Crocodile Dundee was filmed.

Valerie Peters
Education Success Manager and UX Designer

How Valerie helps you:
Valerie is our technology expert, so if you need something done for you in EC Premium she is almost certainly able to help you out!

Valerie’s experience:
Valerie is a former STEM teacher (Seymour College) where she led school-wide professional learning programs with a focus on learning technology. She is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert trainer, a trained astrophysicist and has a master’s degree in education.

Fun fact:
Valerie recently built a functioning trebuchet for her local school.

Gabbi Jenkins
Education Success Manager

How Gabbi helps you:
Gabbi is one of our busiest ESMs for Australian schools, and will work with you to help make EC Premium a success for your team.

Gabbi’s experience:
Gabbi brings years of education campaign and communications experience to the EC team. She has served as the global campaign manager of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Junior, and led online professional learning programs for organisations including the Professional Learning Institute (TAS). She has a degree in Communications and International Studies from UNSW. 

Fun fact:
Gabbi has the best backhand in the team (tennis backhand).

Katy Plencner
Senior Education Success Manager (USA)

How Katy helps you:
Katy works to ensure that our EC Premium platform is a highly effective professional learning tool for our schools and partners in the US!

Katy’s experience:
Katy brings a rich career in K-12 education to her role as an ESM with our team. Following five years at Teach for America as a teacher and then leader, Katy went on to lead as an instructional coach and school improvement specialist in Hawaii, and then an education program specialist in Arizona. She holds a master’s of education from Arizona State University.

Fun fact:
Katy lives in the second sunniest city in the world (Phoenix).

Noelene Callaghan
Education Success Manager

How Noelene helps you:
Noelene works as an ESM to help your school onboard with EC Premium, with a deep expertise in whole school technology platforms.

Noelene’s experience:
Noelene brings almost two decades of K-12 teaching and leadership experience to the team, with particularly deep knowledge of digital transformation, and whole school professional learning approaches. She holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Maquarie University. Noelene is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, Adobe Campus Leader, Google Certified Educator and Global Minecraft Mentor.

Fun fact:
In her spare time Noelene runs Minecraft camps for children across Australia.

Ben Lovell
Account Executive

How Ben helps you:
Ben works to help your school subscribe to EC Premium to change the game for your staff’s professional learning

Ben’s experience:
As a former teacher and leader at schools including Melbourne Grammar and Haileybury, Ben has a real-world understanding of the K-12 sector. He also brings deep business development experience from his time with Pivot Learning and The Outdoor Education Group. Ben holds a master’s degree in education from Monash University.

Fun fact:

As a boy, Ben performed at six Carols by Candlelight and went on to study voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

About us

We are on a mission to unlock positive potential through a love for learning.

EC by Go1

EC is a fully owned subsidiary of Go1, and encapsulates our services into the K-12 education sector. Our EC team have spent more than a decade providing professional learning to K-12 educators across the globe and in partnership with state and national governments and major organisations, we have supported hundreds of thousands of educators to improve their practice and drive improved outcomes in their schools.

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