Kathleen Carins – OAM B Ed (Hons) MACE MACEL (ESD Manager)
Kathleen Carins manages the Educational Services Department at Southern Cross Educational Enterprises, which provides school support in areas of compliance, governance and educational practice. She has a broad teaching background, in both school and home school settings, across multiple subjects and year levels. Kathleen has been a member of Tasmanian state government registration and advisory boards including Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (Chair), Teachers Registration Board, Schools Registration Board (panel member), The Ministerial Advisory Council, Tasmanian and National Associations of Christian Educators. As a local and international speaker, Kathleen has presented her interest and passion in pedagogical practices and engaging students in learning to develop their God‐given skills and talents. Kathleen has over 40 years of experience in education including nearly 30 years working with the Accelerated Christian Education programme.
Dr. George Sears – BA BEd MEd EdD MACE MACEL
Dr. George Sears began his teaching career as a Maths teacher with the South Australian Department of Education in 1970. In 1971 he was conscripted for military service during the Vietnam War. After recruit and infantry training he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant as an education instructor at an Officer Training School in Lae, PNG. Discharged (honourably) in 1973 and returned to SA Education Department at Elizabeth High School where he taught mathematics for 9 years. George helped to establish the Craigmore Christian School in 1981 using the A.C.E curriculum as the core curriculum, and was the Principal for the first 25 years through to the end of 2005. Following the completion of a Masters Degree in educational administration at the University of Adelaide he proceeded to do a Doctor of Education. This Doctorate was conferred by University of Adelaide in 2006, with the research focus on the Principalship role in a Christian School.
George joined the ministry of Southern Cross Educational Enterprises (SCEE) in 2009 as an Education Consultant with responsibilities for curriculum development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) Ltd as the Executive Director, and the Australian Certificate of Christian Education Ltd. as its Executive Director. His home location is South Australia where his Church participation has involved roles as an Elder and Bible Teacher in the Craigmore Christian Church, which is an Open Brethren fellowship.
Heather Hogan – B Ag Sc DipEd
Heather Hogan is the Senior Research Officer at Southern Cross Educational Enterprises. Her curriculum auditing and research experience spans 7 years and has included state and national standards, goals and learning frameworks. Her teaching experience spans three states and 30 years with Accelerated Christian Education materials and methodology. Her professional interests include applied science, mathematics and English. Heather’s passion is to support educators and unleash the God‐given potential in each child.
Rhonda Davis – DipT SpEd Post Grad MSL SpD DipMgt DipBus DipBA MADA MACEL
Rhonda Davis is an Education Consultant with a wide range of experience in the fields of education, leadership, management and business. Rhonda is a national conference speaker and workshop facilitator with an expertise in literacy and special education. She is a professional associate member of the Australian Dyslexia Association. She supports schools and home educators with compliance documentation, curriculum auditing, curriculum development, professional development, educational consultancy and mentoring. She has extensive teaching experience in day schools and distance education. Rhonda has 30 years experience with Accelerated Christian Education materials and methodology. She is a Christian author with a passion for developing Christian leadership within the community.
Alexis Bachmann – Dip T Specialist Secondary/ Business Studies
Alexis Bachmann is an Education Consultant with experience at secondary and tertiary levels in state and non‐state education, business, management, compliance and leadership as the Principal of a school using Accelerated Christian Education materials for 10 years. She provides school support with compliance, curriculum documentation and curriculum auditing. She supplies practical support for principals and heads of campus. Alexis has 27 years experience with Accelerated Christian Education materials and methodology. Her passion is to see future generations have the opportunity to access an individualised education based upon the Word of God.
Mike Spencer – MA (Hons) DipTchg
Mike Spencer is the Curriculum Development Writer for Southern Cross Educational Enterprises. He is responsible for writing new PACEs, where required, and for updating and upgrading existing PACEs. His main area of expertise is in the Social Sciences. Mike has been involved in the field of education for over 40 years. For 30 of those years, he has been associated with Accelerated Christian Education, first as a Supervisor at Shiloh Christian Academy, in New Zealand, and then as a curriculum writer. He has written courses on Senior Modern History and Australian History, as well as national Social Studies units for students in New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands. Mike is a New Zealander, with a wife and six adult children. He is committed to providing students with quality educational material that presents a Christian Biblical worldview.
Solet Prinsloo – Nat Dip Graphic Design
Solet Prinsloo is a Graphic Designer for Southern Cross Educational Enterprises. She designs documentation layout, educational material layout and advertising. Her graphic design spans 21 years experience in the fields of exhibition design, layout, and advertising with extensive experience in retail. She was selected as the South African designer representative at the World Expo exhibition, Portugal 2000. Solet was art director for Blue Planet advertising and has run her own design firm. Her clients have included Queen Elizabeth and F.W. de Klerk. She is passionate about children enjoying their learning experience and living lives with Christian principles by having a personal relationship with God.
Charlize Pretorius – Administrative Assistant
Charlize Pretorius is the Administrative Assistant for the Educational Services Department at SCEE. She finished her last five years of schooling with the A.C.E Curriculum at Vine Christian School in South Africa. She graduated in 2010 as a straight ‘A’ student, the top academic student of her school and passed the SAT’s with an above average score. As a student she participated in four of the All African A.C.E. Student Conventions and gained awards for music and platform events. She has performed at the All African Student Convention, the Fijian Student Convention and The Queensland Convention. She also judged music, art & photography at the 2011 Queensland Convention. She has performed in America, Africa, Australia and Fiji. Charlize has been accepted to study at a Private Music University, JMC Academy in Australia in 2012 to complete a Bachelor in Music. She will then go on to do her Bachelor of Education at the University of Queensland. Charlize was a part of a touring ministry group since 2005 and has been ministering to thousands of young females and teens alike since 2004. Charlize started working at Southern Cross Educational Enterprises in 2011.