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Deb has been a leading educator for 37 years and has presented professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. She has worked in the United States and has co-authored a number of books on literacy education. In 2011 Deb was the recipient of the ACEL Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award and received a Fellowship in Leadership from ACEL in 2014. Deb has been both a Primary Principal and Principal of a Balinese Community School. She has recently retired from Ivanhoe Grammar School as Head of Plenty Campus (Prep to Year 12) and Deputy Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School (2004-2016). Deb has an expertise and passion for literacy and her workshops are based on her own classroom practice from ELC to Year 9.

Insightful and practical seminar. Gave a variety of useful ideas and activities that can be used in all writing sessions. Very informative, easily can be brought into the classroom. Deb is a fantastic presenter.

Fantastic – has made me challenge my current teaching practices and inspired me to make changed.

Absolutely brilliant. Practical and very helpful. Lots of information that's relevant. Deb is such a wonderful presenter. Thank you for such a worthwhile day.

Amazing! Deb has so much experience to share. It was a privilege to be here.

Very inspiring and practical. Deb is a great presenter, very engaging and thoroughly entertaining.

This was a wonderfully inspiring course. There are lots of workable ideas I am taking away and keen to implement immediately!

So real and full of sensible, realistic, experiential ideas to use in the classroom. Easy to hear and understand. Passionate and inspiring, thanks!

This has been the BEST seminar I have ever attended. Deb was knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. She was able to inspire me to try Writers Workshop.

Please can I work at your school?!? I loved your enthusiasm, honesty, passion. Beautifully explained – reaffirmed my own ideas. Agreed with your ideas of where the focus should be. Thank you for an inspiring, entertaining, 'food-for-thought' day. Hope to see you again.

Clear and engaging. Loved the 'real' examples, student work samples and it was great that Deb really went through each process in depth.

Deb was amazing! She was very engaging, motivating and inspiring. Lots of useful ideas I'm excited to try in my classroom. Deb was very down to earth and realistic. One of the best Development days I've been to!

An inspiring presentation by a very passionate educator. Very informative – a great 'down to earth' and entertaining presentation.

Very engaging and entertaining presentation. Can't wait to go back to school and try your brilliant ideas. Can't wait for the next course you organise Suzanne. Perfect!

Terrific presentation! I am looking forward to integrating this way of teaching writing into my daily routine.

Wow! What an 'aaahh' moment for me as a teacher!

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

Outstanding. Practical, logical, fun. Very worthwhile

Fabulous!! I have laughed, learnt and been motivated. Looking forward to putting this into practice.

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